Charl Schwartzel has always been the master of the understatement.
Last December, he won the Thailand Golf Championship by 11 strokes and a week later produced the lowest ever tournament total at Leopard Creek of 24 under par to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship by 12 strokes.
This at a time when he said he wasn't playing well.
But Schwartzel has always measured his success against his own standards and not those of others. And it's for this reason that he gave perhaps the greatest insight into his thinking when he sat down at Leopard Creek and spoke about his future ambitions.
"I don't want to expect anything. Expectation is not a good thing. I just play," he said. "For me, there have been too many people asking, what do you want to achieve and you say, well, this, this and this. Sure, you want to do things, but the more you force the issue the less you do it. I don't want to think about anything. I just want to tee it up, hit the ball down the fairway, hit it on the green, make the putt and see where it leads me."
"We all want to win tournaments, but thinking about winning golf tournaments is not going to win tournaments for me. I have to stay right here where I am, plod along, and if I play the best I'll win. By playing well and winning, the world ranking and money list all takes care of itself. You can't take the step ahead and say I want to become world number one."
Schwartzel also went into 2013 determined to move on from his 2011 Masters triumph. His triumph at Augusta National Golf Club was one of the finest ever seen in the Masters. With four birdies over the final four holes, Schwartzel took his place amongst the game's elite. It was the pinnacle of what has been Schwartzel's steady and determined progression through the ranks of international golf.
He became the third youngest player at the age of 18 to earn a European Tour card. By the time he was 20, Schwartzel had already won on the European Tour in the 2004 Alfred Dunhill Championship. And at 22 he had already competed in three of the four Majors.
But in December 2013, his desire to move on from past glories revealed everything about his hunger for new triumphs.
"The Masters is gone. It's been almost two years now, so let's see if we can get some new ones. Let's make some new memories now and talk about something new."
This year has been another steady one for Schwartzel as he claimed a victory in Asia as well as a host of top-10s on the European Tour and PGA Tour. He finished no worse than tied 25th in three of the four Majors, missing the cut in the PGA Championship.
Schwartzel returns to Sun City as a man beginning to feel very comfortable in the Nedbank Golf Challenge. He ran Germany's Martin Kaymer close in last year's final round before finishing second.
It was a testament to the words he spoke after winning the Africa Open and Joburg Open back-to-back on the Sunshine Tour in 2010 when he said, "I feel like I can beat anybody in the world".