Schwartzel extends Thailand Golf Championship lead

Schwartzel extends Thailand Golf Championship lead
December 8, 2012, 8:51 am
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Charl Schwartzel of South Africa reacts after his putt during the third round of Thailand Golf Championship at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi province, southeastern Thailand, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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CHON BURI, Thailand (AP) Overnight leader Charl Schwartzel of South Africa had a third-round 68 to extend his lead over Daniel Chopra of Sweden to five shots at the Thailand Golf Championship.

Schwartzel, last year's runner up, had three birdies and an eagle to go along with a bogey for an overall 18 under 198 at the Amata Spring Country Club on Saturday.

He's on track to end a victory drought that stretches back to his Masters win in 2011.

Chopra, who started the round four strokes back, rallied after a double bogey on the fifth for a 69.