Charl Schwartzel

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Charl Schwartzel
— Golfer —
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Schwartzel in 2010
Personal information
Full name Charl Adriaan Schwartzel
Born (1984-08-31) 31 August 1984 (age 30)
Johannesburg,
South Africa
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa
Spouse Rosalind Jacobs; 2010-present)
Career
College none
Turned professional 2002
Current tour(s) European Tour
(joined 2002)
Sunshine Tour
(joined 2002)
PGA Tour
(joined 2011)
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
European Tour 9
Asian Tour 1
Sunshine Tour 7
Other 1
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament Won: 2011
U.S. Open T9: 2011
The Open Championship T7: 2014
PGA Championship T12: 2011
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit Winner
2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2010

Charl Adriaan Schwartzel (/ˈʃɑrl ˈʃwɔrtsəl/;[1] born 31 August 1984) is a South African professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour, European Tour, and the Sunshine Tour. He has won one major title, the Masters in 2011. Schwartzel's highest world ranking has been number six, after finishing in a tie for fourth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2012.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Born in Johannesburg, Schwartzel had a dominant junior amateur career in South Africa, and won some amateur events in other countries including the 2002 Indian Amateur and English Open Stroke Play Championships.[2] He played for South Africa in the 2002 Eisenhower Trophy.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Schwartzel turned professional at the age of eighteen and following the path of many other leading South African players, he qualified for the European Tour late that year. He was the second youngest South African golfer to do so after Dale Hayes.[2] He earned enough money to retain his European Tour card in both 2003 and 2004.

In the 2005 season he won the Dunhill Championship, a leading tournament in South Africa that is co-sanctioned by the European Tour, and claimed first place on the Sunshine Tour's Order of Merit.[2] In 2005 he finished 52nd on the European Tour's Order of Merit, and in 2005-06 he again topped the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit. His win at the season-ending Vodacom Tour Championship took him into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time.[3][4] His form continued to improve in 2006 and he finished the season placed 18th on the Order of Merit and reached as high as 55th in the World Rankings.[5]

He took first place on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit for the third consecutive year in 2007, and won the Open de España in April, beating Jyoti Randhawa by one stroke, after an eagle at the 543-yard (497 m) par-5 16th hole,[6] and moved into the world top 40.[7]

Schwartzel has played in the Gary Player Invitational several times to help Gary Player raise funds for various children's charities. In 2008, he once again achieved success on the European Tour, by securing victory at the Madrid Masters.[citation needed]

After a winless 2009 season, Schwartzel started 2010 by winning two consecutive tournaments on the European Tour, both held in his native South Africa, and re-entered the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings.[8][9] He finished the season ranked 8th on the Order of Merit.[10]

For 2011, Schwartzel joined the PGA Tour. On 16 January 2011, Schwartzel retained his Joburg Open title winning by four shots.[11]

2011 Masters win[edit]

Schwartzel won the Masters Tournament in 2011 by two strokes to become the third South African winner of the event (after Gary Player and Trevor Immelman). He won exactly 50 years after Player became the first international Masters champion in 1961. In the final round, Schwartzel overcame a four stroke deficit with a round of 66, two strokes ahead of runners-up Adam Scott and Jason Day[12]

Schwartzel started his final round on Sunday by chipping in from off the green at the first hole for birdie and then holed his second shot from the middle of the fairway at the third for eagle. This wiped out the four stroke lead of Rory McIlroy, but then Schwartzel bogeyed the fourth hole to drop one behind. For the rest of the round he maintained this score, until he reached the last four holes where he holed clutch putts to finish with four consecutive birdies, a feat unprecedented in the Masters' 75 years history. It put him back in the lead and he ultimately won the Green Jacket and his first major championship.[13] After the tournament, Schwartzel moved up to 11th from 29th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Alongside his win at The Masters, Schwartzel also enjoyed success in the year's other three major championships in 2011. He recorded career bests at the U.S. Open where he finished in a tie for ninth and also at the PGA Championship, finishing tied for 12th. He was also in contention at The Open Championship before a third round 75 damaged his chances. He ended the season ranked 4th on the Race to Dubai.[citation needed]

On 9 December 2012, Schwartzel won the Thailand Golf Championship on the Asian Tour for his first victory since his 2011 Masters win. This was also Schwartzel's first win on the Asian Tour as he cruised to an eleven stroke victory over the field.[14] The following week, Schwartzel won in his native South Africa at the Alfred Dunhill Championship played at Leopard Creek CC.[15]

This was Schwartzel's eighth victory on the European Tour, as he secured it with the third highest margin of victory in the history of the tour with a twelve stroke advantage over the Swede Kristoffer Broberg.[16]

Schwartzel defended his Alfred Dunhill Championship in 2013, with a four-stroke win over England's Richard Finch. This took his tally of victories on the European Tour to nine.[citation needed]

Amateur wins (3)[edit]

  • 2002 Indian Amateur Open Championship (tied), Brabazon Trophy, Transvaal Amateur Championship (South Africa)

Professional wins (12)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 10 Apr 2011 Masters Tournament −14 (69-71-68-66=274) 2 strokes Australia Jason Day, Australia Adam Scott

European Tour wins (9)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other European Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 12 Dec 2004 Dunhill Championship1 −7 (71-69-70-71=281) Playoff England Neil Cheetham
2 29 Apr 2007 Open de España −16 (69-68-68-67=272) 1 stroke India Jyoti Randhawa
3 12 Oct 2008 Madrid Masters −19 (69-64-66-66=265) 3 strokes Argentina Ricardo González
4 10 Jan 2010 Africa Open1 −20 (67-70-68-67=272) 1 stroke South Africa Thomas Aiken
5 17 Jan 2010 Joburg Open1 −23 (63-68-64-66=261) 6 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, South Africa Keith Horne
6 16 Jan 2011 Joburg Open1 −19 (68-61-69-67=265) 1 stroke South Africa Garth Mulroy
7 10 Apr 2011 Masters Tournament −14 (69-71-68-66=274) 2 strokes Australia Jason Day, Australia Adam Scott
8 16 Dec 2012 Alfred Dunhill Championship1 −24 (67-64-64-69=264) 12 strokes Sweden Kristoffer Broberg
9 1 Dec 2013 Alfred Dunhill Championship1 −17 (68-68-67-68=271) 4 strokes England Richard Finch

1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour.

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2004 Dunhill Championship England Neil Cheetham Won with birdie on first extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 12 Dec 2004 Dunhill Championship1 −7 (71-69-70-71=281) Playoff England Neil Cheetham
2 26 Feb 2006 Vodacom Tour Championship −14 (68-70-65-67=270) 4 strokes South Africa Darren Fichardt
3 10 Jan 2010 Africa Open1 −20 (67-70-68-67=272) 1 stroke South Africa Thomas Aiken
4 17 Jan 2010 Joburg Open1 −23 (63-68-64-66=261) 6 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, South Africa Keith Horne
5 16 Jan 2011 Joburg Open1 −19 (68-61-69-67=265) 1 stroke South Africa Garth Mulroy
6 16 Dec 2012 Alfred Dunhill Championship1 −23 (67-64-64-69-264) 12 strokes Sweden Kristoffer Broberg
7 1 Dec 2013 Alfred Dunhill Championship1 −17 (68-68-67-68=271) 4 strokes England Richard Finch

1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

Asian Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 9 Dec 2012 Thailand Golf Championship −25 (65-65-68-65=263) 11 strokes United States Bubba Watson, Thailand Thitiphun Chuayprakong

Other wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
2011 Masters Tournament 4 shot deficit −14 (69-71-68-66=274) 2 strokes Australia Jason Day, Australia Adam Scott

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T30 1 T50 T25 CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP T48 T30 DNP CUT T16 T9 T38 14 CUT
The Open Championship CUT DNP CUT T22 CUT DNP CUT T14 T16 CUT T15 T7
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT T52 T43 T18 T12 T59 CUT T15

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 0 0 1 1 2 5 4
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 3 8 6
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 5 10 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 6
Totals 1 0 0 1 3 13 32 21
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (2009 PGA – 2012 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2011 Masters – 2011 U.S. Open)

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP R32 R16 R32 R32 R64 R32
Cadillac Championship T18 T43 T35 DNP DNP 2 T24 T4 T16 T9
Bridgestone Invitational DNP T36 DNP DNP DNP T58 T53 T24 T21 T4
HSBC Champions DNP T16 T4 DNP DNP T64

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athlete Insights: meet Charl Schwartzel". NikeGolf. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Player Profile: Charl Schwartzel". Sunshine Tour. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "SA golfers rise in world rankings". 19 April 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Official World Golf Rankings, Week 8, 2006". 26 February 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Official World Golf Rankings, Week 52, 2006". 31 December 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Schwartzel Wins Open de Espana". European Tour. 29 April 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Verplank Moves Up to 31st in Rankings". Golf Channel. The Sports Network. 30 April 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Schwartzel claims one-shot victory in Africa Open". USA Today. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Charl Schwartzel coasts home in Joburg Open". The Daily Telegraph. 17 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Successful 2010 season for Schwartzel sees him finish 8th in Order of Merit". European Tour. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "SA's Charl Schwartzel retains Joburg Open title". BBC. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Rory McIlroy collapse gives Charl Schwartzel the green jacket at Augusta National". The Daily Telegraph. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Charl Schwartzel wins dramatic Masters title". BBC. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "Schwartzel runs away with Thailand Golf Championship". Thailand Golf Championship. 9 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Charl Schwartzel wins Alfred Dunhill Championship by 12 shots". BBC Sport. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Schwartzel happy to end disappointing year on a high". Sky Sports. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

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