Charl Schwartzel

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Charl Schwartzel
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Schwartzel in 2010
Personal information
Full nameCharl Adriaan Schwartzel
Born (1984-08-31) 31 August 1984 (age 36)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)
NationalityFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Residence Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa
Manchester. England
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
SpouseRosalind Jacobs (m. 2010)
Career
Collegenone
Turned professional2002
Current tour(s) European Tour (joined 2002)
Sunshine Tour (joined 2002)
PGA Tour (joined 2011)
Professional wins15
Highest ranking 6 (11 March 2012) [1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
European Tour11
Asian Tour1
Sunshine Tour9
Other1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament Won: 2011
PGA Championship T12: 2011
U.S. Open 7th: 2015
The Open Championship T7: 2014
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit Winner
2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2010

Charl Adriaan Schwartzel ( /ˈʃɑːrlˈʃwɔːrtsəl/ ; [2] 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.

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Early life and amateur career

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. [3] He played for South Africa in the 2002 Eisenhower Trophy. [3]

Professional career

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. [3] 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. [3] 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. [4] [5] 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. [6]

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, [7] and moved into the world top 40. [8]

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. [9] [10] He finished the season ranked 8th on the Order of Merit. [11]

For 2011, Schwartzel joined the PGA Tour. On 16 January 2011, Schwartzel retained his Joburg Open title winning by four shots. [12]

2011 Masters win

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 [13]

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. [14] After the tournament, Schwartzel moved up to 11th from 29th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Post-Masters win career

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. [15] The following week, Schwartzel won in his native South Africa at the Alfred Dunhill Championship played at Leopard Creek CC. [16]

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. [17]

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. [18]

Schwartzel won his second PGA Tour event, on 13 March 2016, taking the Valspar Championship on the first hole of sudden-death, after tying Bill Haas at 277 after 72 holes.

Amateur wins (3)

Professional wins (15)

PGA Tour wins (2)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (1)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
110 Apr 2011 Masters Tournament −14 (69-71-68-66=274)2 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Day, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adam Scott
213 Mar 2016 Valspar Championship −7 (71-70-69-67=277)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Bill Haas

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 2016 Valspar Championship Flag of the United States.svg Bill Haas Won with par on first extra hole
2 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans
(with Flag of South Africa.svg Louis Oosthuizen)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Marc Leishman and Flag of Australia (converted).svg Cameron Smith Lost to par on first extra hole

European Tour wins (11)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other European Tour (10)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
112 Dec 2004
(2005 season)
Dunhill Championship 1−7 (71-69-70-71=281)Playoff Flag of England.svg Neil Cheetham
229 Apr 2007 Open de España −16 (69-68-68-67=272)1 stroke Flag of India.svg Jyoti Randhawa
312 Oct 2008 Madrid Masters −19 (69-64-66-66=265)3 strokes Flag of Argentina.svg Ricardo González
410 Jan 2010 Africa Open 1−20 (67-70-68-67=272)1 stroke Flag of South Africa.svg Thomas Aiken
517 Jan 2010 Joburg Open 1−23 (63-68-64-66=261)6 strokes Ulster Banner.svg Darren Clarke, Flag of South Africa.svg Keith Horne
616 Jan 2011 Joburg Open 1(2)−19 (68-61-69-67=265)1 stroke Flag of South Africa.svg Garth Mulroy
710 Apr 2011 Masters Tournament −14 (69-71-68-66=274)2 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Day, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adam Scott
816 Dec 2012
(2013 season)
Alfred Dunhill Championship 1(2)−24 (67-64-64-69=264)12 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Kristoffer Broberg
91 Dec 2013
(2014 season)
Alfred Dunhill Championship 1(3)−17 (68-68-67-68=271)4 strokes Flag of England.svg Richard Finch
1029 Nov 2015
(2016 season)
Alfred Dunhill Championship 1(4)−15 (66-67-70-70=273)4 strokes Flag of France.svg Grégory Bourdy
1114 Feb 2016 Tshwane Open 1−16 (71-64-66-63=264)8 strokes Flag of Denmark.svg Jeff Winther

1Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour

European Tour playoff record (1–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2004 Dunhill Championship Flag of England.svg Neil Cheetham Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2015 South African Open Championship Flag of England.svg Andy Sullivan Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (1)

Legend
Thailand Golf Championships (1)
Other Asian Tour (0)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runners-up
19 Dec 2012 Thailand Golf Championship 25 (65-65-68-65=263)11 strokes Flag of Thailand.svg Thitiphun Chuayprakong, Flag of the United States.svg Bubba Watson

Sunshine Tour wins (9)

Legend
Tour Championships (1)
Other Sunshine Tour (8)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
112 Dec 2004 Dunhill Championship 1−7 (71-69-70-71=281)Playoff Flag of England.svg Neil Cheetham
226 Feb 2006 Vodacom Tour Championship −14 (68-70-65-67=270)4 strokes Flag of South Africa.svg Darren Fichardt
310 Jan 2010 Africa Open 1−20 (67-70-68-67=272)1 stroke Flag of South Africa.svg Thomas Aiken
417 Jan 2010 Joburg Open 1−23 (63-68-64-66=261)6 strokes Ulster Banner.svg Darren Clarke, Flag of South Africa.svg Keith Horne
516 Jan 2011 Joburg Open 1(2)−19 (68-61-69-67=265)1 stroke Flag of South Africa.svg Garth Mulroy
616 Dec 2012 Alfred Dunhill Championship 1(2)−23 (67-64-64-69-264)12 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Kristoffer Broberg
71 Dec 2013 Alfred Dunhill Championship 1(3)−17 (68-68-67-68=271)4 strokes Flag of England.svg Richard Finch
829 Nov 2015 Alfred Dunhill Championship 1(4)−15 (66-67-70-70=273)4 strokes Flag of France.svg Grégory Bourdy
914 Feb 2016 Tshwane Open 1−16 (71-64-66-63=264)8 strokes Flag of Denmark.svg Jeff Winther

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Sunshine Tour playoff record (1–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2004 Dunhill Championship Flag of England.svg Neil Cheetham Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2015 South African Open Championship Flag of England.svg Andy Sullivan Lost to birdie on first extra hole

OneAsia Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runners-up
113 Oct 2013 Nanshan China Masters −9 (71-72-68-68=279)1 stroke Ulster Banner.svg Darren Clarke, Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Liang Wenchong

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
2011 Masters Tournament 4 shot deficit−14 (69-71-68-66=274)2 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Day, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adam Scott

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament2003200420052006200720082009
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T48T30CUT
The Open Championship CUTCUTT22CUTCUT
PGA Championship CUTCUTT52T43
Tournament201020112012201320142015201620172018
Masters Tournament T301T50T25CUTT38CUT3CUT
U.S. Open T16T9T3814CUT7T23CUTCUT
The Open Championship T14T16CUTT15T7T68T18T62CUT
PGA Championship T18T12T59CUTT15T37T42T48T42
Tournament201920202021
Masters Tournament CUTT25T26
PGA Championship T58CUT
U.S. Open T19
The Open Championship NT
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 101224128
PGA Championship 0000031511
U.S. Open 000026139
The Open Championship 000016148
Totals10125195436

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
The Players Championship T58CUTT26T55T48T51CUTT2CUTCCUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Cancelled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Results in World Golf Championships

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament20052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Championship T18T43T352T24T4T16T9T44T17T38T48
Match Play R32R16R32R32R64R32R16T18T17T36
Invitational T36T58T53T24T21T4T31T7T24T31
Champions T16T4T64T35T30T50
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

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