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November 20 2011

4:04 AM

Match 24: Schwartzel def. Johnson

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Charl Schwartzel made a 13-footer for birdie at the 17th hole to halve the hole and beat Dustin Johnson 2 and 1.

The victory was the second for the International and closed the gap to 14-12. Greg Norman's team, which leads in four more matches, needs eight points to tie and nine to win the Presidents Cup.

Schwartzel took control of his match with Johnson early, making birdies on the second and third holes. Johnson cut into the lead with a par at the fourth hole  but had to concede No. 7, and the South African was 3 up at the ninth after winning with a par.

A 6-foot birdie putt at the 11th hole gave Schwartzel a  4-up advantage. Johnson did manage to get two back with birdies but Schwartzel hung tough and delivered the win.

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