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Schwartzel closing in on victory

Charl Schwartzel remained on course for back-to-back commanding victories with nine holes to play at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Winner by 11 in Thailand last Sunday, the former US Masters champion was eight in front after going to the turn in a level-par 35 in South Africa.

Schwartzel followed seven successive pars with a three-putt bogey on the next, but then pitched to three feet at the 476-yard ninth.

He stood 21 under par with Frenchman Gregory Bourdy his nearest challenger on 13 under.

Scotland's Scott Jamieson, winner in Durban last weekend, moved up to joint third two strokes further back alongside Swede Kristoffer Broberg and Schwartzel's fellow South African Garth Mulroy, the defending champion.

Schwartzel was coasting towards his eighth European Tour win - it would be his fifth on home soil - but he had only just started on the back nine when play was suspended because of an approaching thunderstorm.

Play was able to resume after a two hour hold-up and Schwartzel went back to nine in front with a 12-foot birdie putt at the short 12th.