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Charl Schwartzel

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 160

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Charl Schwartzel takes his improving U.S. Open record to Oakmont this week and arrives in Pennsylvania showing some solid form.
The South African delivered his best finish of seventh at Chambers Bay last year while he also posted T9 at Congressional in 2011. Add in T16 at Pebble Beach in 2010 and 14th at Merion in 2013 and he's made the top 16 in four of the last six editions. The 2011 Masters champion captured the Valspar Championship in 7-under back in March (the third highest winning total on the PGA TOUR this season) so looks ready for the grind. It's also worth noting that he took T30 at Congressional back in 2007 so has some useful course experience. Schwartzel, who circled a tournament-leading 26 birdies when T11 at Memorial on his latest start and finished T25 at Colonial prior to that, begins his quest from the 10th hole at 1:58 p.m. ET on Thursday. He has fellow South African Branden Grace and American Kevin Kisner for company. Jun 15 - 11:50 AM

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Charl Schwartzel stalled out to a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the second round of the Memorial to reach the halfway point on 7-under 137, up three on the live leaderboard to T10.

The 31-year-old was rolling at 6-under thru his first 14 holes but then squared three bogeys over his final four holes to take the gloss off. He opened his ninth appearance with a five-birdie one-bogey 68 and kicked off R2 with bogey-5 on the first (failed sand-save). Prior to the disappointing finish, the South African circled seven birdies, including four straight on holes 10-13. His long on 11 greens in regulation was 17'11" at the par-3 fourth and added a zero-putt version from 14'5" at the par-4 13th.
Jun 3 - 1:07 PM

Charl Schwartzel tees it up competitively for the first time since the Masters as he preps for this week's AT&T Byron Nelson.

The South African missed the cut at the Masters before taking a bit of a breather back in his home country, resting up for the busy upcoming stretch of summer golf. Prior to the missed cut he was 6-for-7 in stroke-play events this season, including a win (Valspar) and three other top 20s. It's always hard to know how a golfer will be respond coming off a five-week layoff like this. He could be refreshed and ready to go, or we could see a bit of rust shaken off this week before he peaks over the new few weeks.
May 18 - 5:21 PM

Charl Schwartzel opened his World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play crusade with a competent 1 up victory over Danny Lee.

The South African did little thrilling, but never once trailed the New Zealander. They were all square after four; Lee lost the second with a bogey before winning the fourth with a birdie-2. Then Schwartzel made unanswered birdies on five and six to take a 2 up lead. He gave the 8th away with a bogey but a 14' putt on the next had him back up by two. Lee birdied 11 and 12 to draw level only for Schwartzel to make a two-putt birdie-4 on No. 14. He then made bogey-6 on 16 to give Lee hope but finally killed the game with a birdie-3 on 17 and halved the last in par. Schwartzel plays Charley Hoffman tomorrow, Lee takes on Brandt Snedeker.
Mar 23 - 3:27 PM

Charl Schwartzel painted a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's final round of the Valspar Championship to post 7-under 277, good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead and the low round of the day, and then defeated 54-hole leader Bill Haas with par on the first hole of sudden death for his second TOUR title in his 129th career start.

Schwartzel claimed his 12th international win four weeks ago at the Tshwane Open and ends a near five-year drought on the PGA TOUR with his first win since the 2011 Masters. Playing just his second Valspar (CUT/2012), Schwartzel began Sunday's play in solo eighth, five swings back of Haas. He posted rounds of 71-70-69 and wrapped with a six-birdie two-bogey 67, his five-shot final-round comeback the largest in Valspar history. The 31-year-old made 145 feet of putts in R4, including a 64'3" bomb at the par-3 13th to pull within one of Haas. He went back-to-back with a seven-footer on 14 and capped with a 23'4" birdie-2 at 17. Elsewhere, the South African circled birdies on Nos. 1, 3 and 11, with bogeys on 10 and 12. In the playoff, his first on TOUR, he secured the trophy with a two-putt par on the 18th while Haas bogeyed after a failed sand save.
Mar 13 - 6:51 PM

Charl Schwartzel painted a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's final round of the Valspar Championship to post 7-under 277, good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead and the low round of the day.

Playing just his second Valspar (CUT/2012), Schwartzel began Sunday's play in solo eighth, five swings back of 54-hole leader Bill Haas. He previously posted rounds of 71-70-69 and polished off his steady improvement with a six-birdie two-bogey finale. The 31-year-old, whose only win in 129 career TOUR starts was his green jacket in 2011, made 145 feet of putts in R4, including a 64'3" bomb at the par-3 13th to pull within one of Haas. He went back-to-back with a seven-footer on 14 and capped with a 23'4" birdie-2 at 17. Elsewhere, the South African circled birdies on Nos. 1, 3 and 11, with bogeys on 10 and 12 (failed scrambles). He split 10 (of 13) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation.
Mar 13 - 5:48 PM

Charl Schwartzel carved out a 2-under-par 34-35=69 on day three of the Valspar Championship for a 54-hole aggregate of 3-under 210, up seven on the live leaderboard to solo eighth.

Making his second Copperhead appearance and first since a missed cut in 2012 (76-73), Schwartzel is making steady progression, posting rounds of 71-70-69. He's improved from three birdies in R1, to four in R2, to five on Moving Day, squaring three bogeys in each respective loop. The 31-year-old, T17 last week at Doral (73-67-72-75), striped eight (of 13) fairways after hitting just three and two over the first two days. He converted his five circles on 13 greens in regulation -- four from inside nine feet -- for 1.692 putts per GIR, diminished slightly by a three-putt from 30'10" on the par-4 12th.
Mar 12 - 5:06 PM

Charl Schwartzel styled a 5-under-par 33-34=67 after his second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, reaching 4-under 140 through 36 holes.

The South African entered the week as a course horse but it took him a day to rev things back up. Schwartzel was leaning heavily on the approach game today as he converted six fairways hit into 16 greens in regulation. From there, his putter took care of business, and he avoided the short misses which so often pop up to bite him. His most notable roll likely came on the par-3 fourth where he splashed in a 25'10" par-saver after a greenside bunker left him out of position. This putt kept the wheels on the track and they stayed there until the difficult closing par-4 18th hole, where Schwartzel finally squared his lone bogey of the day. Through 36 holes, he's in great position to rack up his seventh career top 25 at the WGC-Cadillac.
Mar 4 - 6:04 PM

Charl Schwartzel is No. 32 in the Official World Golf Ranking ahead of this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and tees it up the first two rounds with American Justin Thomas and India's Anirban Lahiri.

The South African is making his 10th visit to Doral, Florida, and since the 2014 redo, he's posted T9/2014 and T44 (of 74 players) in 2015 on rounds of 71-72-75-75. He's played just three TOUR events this season with two in the fall and a T45 in his last start at the Northern Trust (68-68-73-73). Amazingly, Schwartzel's win at the 2011 Masters remains his only win on TOUR in 127 career starts but elsewhere, he owns 12 international victories, including three weeks ago at the Tshwane Open on home soil and at the Alfred Dunhill Championship back in November. The 32-year-old is a veteran of 27 WGC events with a solo second at the Blue Monster in 2010 his best finish.
Mar 1 - 8:17 PM

Charl Schwartzel kept viewers on the edge of their seat with a roller-coaster 3-under-par 33-35=68 during the second round of the Northern Trust Open, reaching 6-under 136 at the midpoint, sitting four strokes off the lead.

Getting started on the infamous par-4 10th, South African made a mess of things after laying up and landing his second in the bunker. He got those strokes back (plus one more) as he circled three birdies going out. Schwartzel kicked it into high gear as he made the turn, landing his second shot 16'10" from the hole, rolling it in for eagle. In true Jekyll-and-Hyde fashion, he scribbled a triple-bogey seven on the next hole after taking a penalty and also missing from inside four feet. The word implosion must not be in his vocabulary, as he bounced back and rattled off birdies in four of his next five holes. Schwartzel entered the week with top 5s in two of his three visits to Riviera Country Club and he's trending toward a third.
Feb 19 - 8:18 PM

Charl Schwartzel was the obvious favourite heading into the 2016 Tshwane Open and he duly delivered the goods, closing the deal with a 7-under-par 31-32=63 for a tournament total of 16-under 264, securing a dominant victory, with nearest challenger Jeff Winther a distant 8 shots adrift.

Rusty on Thursday, superb on Friday, patient on Saturday, the 31-year-old South African was all class on Sunday. He set up the 11th European Tour victory of his career by playing the front nine in 4-under and whilst there were charges from down the field, his pre-round nearest challengers were struggling to match Schwartzel's sizzle as he opened up a 5-shot lead at the turn. On that front nine he made birdie at 2, but immediately gave the shot back at 3. His response was to play each of the last five holes before the turn in 3; a run that went par-birdie-birdie-par-eagle. A bogey on 11 was a mere blip as he then added more red at 12, 14, 16 and 18. He needed a mere 23 putts in his 63. It is his second win of the 2016 season and confirmation that his return from injury was well-timed.
Feb 14 - 9:37 AM

Charl Schwartzel moved to the top of the leaderboard in the Tshwane Open at Pretoria CC after compiling a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in Saturday's third round.

This was the expectation after the pre-tournament betting favorite powered into contention with a 64 in round two. And Schwartzel delivered, picking off an eagle and three birdies to reach 9-under 201 after 54 holes. His lead is the minimum one though after a walk-off bogey cut his advantage to a single shot over fellow South African Zander Lombard. It's a further two strokes back to recent Joburg Open winner Haydn Porteous and third-round leader Anthony Michael. Schwartzel registered his first birdie of the day at No. 2 before making a decisive move with an eagle-3 at the 536-yard par-5 9th. He added another pair of birdies at 12 and 17 before dropping one at the last after a loose drive. The 2011 Masters winner, who will be chasing an 11th European Tour win on Sunday, hit 15 greens in regulation on Saturday.
Feb 13 - 9:26 AM

Charl Schwartzel moved through the gears to make a superb 6-under-par 33-31=64, placing him solo second on 5-under 71-64=135 going into the weekend at the Tshwane Open.

Returning to action after missing the Desert Swing through injury Schwartzel looked rusty in round one, but was anything but on Friday, making the most decisive move of anyone in the field. Eight shots off the lead at the start of play, he ends it just two back of leader Anthony Michael. He bookended his front nine with birdies on 1 and 9. A good start but the real move came midway through the back nine when he made five threes on the bounce in a run of eagle-birdie-par-birdie-par from the 12th. The eagle was set up with a 3-iron approach. He'll be a threat at the weekend: not just the classiest name on the leaderboard, but he has ocnverted 4 of his last 6 36-hole top two positions in South Africa.
Feb 12 - 11:44 AM

Charl Schwartzel is favorite with the UK bookies to take victory at the Tshwane Open in his native South Africa.

The former Masters champion is the only major winner in the field so it's no surprise to see him installed at around the 6/1 mark. Despite it being his tournament debut, Schwartzel knows Pretoria CC from his Sunshine Tour days and enjoyed notable success there with a win at the Southern Africa Tour Championship in 2006 and a second on his last appearance in 2009 (Vodacom Championship). He started this year's Race to Dubai with a home-soil win in the Alfred Dunhill Championship before taking T9 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. After this week, Schwartzel is expected to tee it up in the Northern Trust Open where he's started his PGA TOUR campaign in each of the last three years.
Feb 10 - 6:12 AM

Charl Schwartzel will miss out on next week's South African Open while he recovers from a very serious stomach virus.

The South African was looking forward to competing in his national Open which he's still yet to win, surprisingly. According to Reuters, he was forced into hospitalization due to a bad stomach virus that hit him over the holiday season. Schwartzel planned to recover in time for the Joburg Open but didn't reappear. There has been no word of long term problems.
Jan 2 - 4:34 PM