Charl Schwartzel
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Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
4
4
3
5
4
2
3
4
33
5
4
4
3
5
4
3
5
4
37
70
2
4
5
4
3
5
3
3
5
5
37
4
4
3
4
4
3
3
3
6
34
71
3
3
4
5
3
4
5
2
4
5
35
3
5
3
5
7
4
4
4
5
40
75
4
5
4
3
3
4
4
3
6
4
36
5
4
3
6
5
4
3
3
4
37
73
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
4
4
4
3
5
4
2
3
4
33
2
4
5
4
3
5
3
3
5
5
37
3
3
4
5
3
4
5
2
4
5
35
4
5
4
3
3
4
4
3
6
4
36
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
4
4
3
5
4
3
5
4
37
70
2
4
4
3
4
4
3
3
3
6
34
71
3
3
5
3
5
7
4
4
4
5
40
75
4
5
4
3
6
5
4
3
3
4
37
73
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
1
0
1
4
Birdies
5
5
3
4
17
5
Pars
10
10
7
11
38
27
Bogeys
3
2
6
1
12
10
Double Bogeys/+
0
1
1
2
4
3
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
28
31
28
29
29
10
Putts per GIR
1.75
1.75
1.57
1.83
1.73
20
Greens in regulation
66.67 %
66.67 %
38.89 %
66.67 %
59.72 %
19
Sand Saves
0/0
1/1
1/1
1/1
3/3

Born: 31 August 1984.

Turned pro: 2002.

Family:Wife - Rosalind. Child - Olivia.

Special interests: Hunting, cars, flying.

Career highlights: Won his first Major at the Masters in 2011. Has won nine times on the European Tour and six times on the Sunshine Tour. Won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit three years in succession in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

2014 highlights: He had five top-10s on the PGA Tour this season, including tied fourth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. His Major championship season included a high of tied seventh in the Open Championship.

2014 Majors: The Masters - Missed Cut. The US Open - Missed Cut. The Open - T7th. The PGA Championship - T15th.

NGC record: Sixth appearance. 2006 - 5th, 2007 - 10th, 2011 - 6th, 2012 - 2nd, 2013 - 6th.

Story

Charl Schwartzel returns to the Nedbank Golf Challenge as South Africa's leading player on the world rankings for most of this year.

He admits that this is not a particular source of pride for him in a year when South Africa's leading golfers slipped down the world rankings.

And it's a measure of the high standards Schwartzel sets for himself that he shares the frustrations of the South African golf fans in this instance.

Schwartzel has always set a very high bar for his own performance.

In December 2012 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.

And yet he still proclaimed that he wasn't at his best.

But Schwartzel's approach to the world rankings speaks volumes about his philosophy behind his career.

"I don't want to expect anything. Expectation is not a good thing. I just play," he once 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's world has changed significantly since his 2011 Masters triumph. His performance 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.

That same year he was married, and his life has changed again with the arrival of daughter Olivia this year.

In light of this, as well as settling down to life in Palm Beach in America, Schwartzel says he's not too concerned that he hasn't won this year and believes he's remained consistent enough to not lose too much ground on the rankings.

This kind of perspective is something Schwartzel has always sought to maintain, and it has come through in what has been his 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.

It's also hard to believe that the boy who once nipped under the ropes at the practice putting green at the Gary Player Country Club to grab a ball Ernie Els had left behind as a memento of his first visit to the Nedbank Golf Challenge will now be making his sixth appearance in this tournament as a world-class player.