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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 turned in a 2-over-par 35-38=73 after the third round of the 145th Open Championship for a three-day total of 2-under 211, down three places on the leaderboard to T9.
The 31-year-old began the third frame on 4-under (T6) after opening his 12th Open appearance in 72-66, six in arrears to 36-hole leader Phil Mickelson. He birdies each of the three par 5s, Nos. 4, 6 and 16, adding a birdie-2 at the Postage Stamp, but erased that good work with double bogey-6s at the second and the 15th, and eating back-to-back bogey-5s at 10 and 11. Jul 16 - 2:16 PM

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Charl Schwartzel torched the front nine of Royal Troon Golf Club and held on for a 5-under-par 31-35=66 during round two of The 145th Open, posting the low round of the day thus far and reaching the midpoint at 4-under 138.

The South African got up on the right side of the bed, circling birdies in five of his first seven holes. After the turn, he swallowed bogeys in two of the first three, but settled down with back-to-back birdies, starting at the par-4 13th. Schwartzel needed just 24 putts to make his way around Royal Troon today, six less than his round-one tally. World No. 21 made a lot of noise before the tournament after announcing his new affiliation with PXG, making the club switch right before a major championship was alarming to some, but he surely feels confident with the new sticks. With top 20s in four of his last six Open Championship appearances, Schwartzel is likely sticking around for the long haul this weekend.
Jul 15 - 7:41 AM

Charl Schwartzel lines up a 12th tilt at The Open Championship title this week at Royal Troon.

There’s a lot to like about the South African’s chances of a solid week. 11 Open Championship appearances have reaped 5 top 25 finishes. This season he is a three-time winner, including at a blustery Innisbrook, when the scoring was tough - not precisely the conditions he will face this week (no linksland) but a decent hint. The missing piece in the jigsaw was a lack of form - he went 6-for-7 post victory at Innisbrook but never posted a top ten. He turned that round with T7 at Firestone in the recent WGC Bridgestone Invitational. If there is a concern it would be rain - he’s been known to hint he’s not keen playing in waterproofs.
Jul 11 - 9:17 AM

Charl Schwartzel settled for an even-par 36-34=70 during the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, putting a cap on the week at 2-under 278, currently T7 and good for his second career top 10 at Firestone Country Club.

The South African really struggled with the flat stick to open his round. He missed four putts from inside nine feet over his first six holes, including a 4'2" miss at the par-4 sixth hole. It's no surprise to see him lose 1.050 strokes putting on the day. It was steady ball-striking that kept him in contention all week, landing 47-of-72, tied for first in the field. Schwartzel had posted just one top 20 in seven previous tries at Firestone Country Club, so this was a welcome treat for gamers.
Jul 3 - 5:45 PM

Charl Schwartzel rallied for a 3-under-par 36-31=67 in today's third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to reach the three-quarter pole on 2-under 208, up six places on the live leaderboard to T8.

The 31-year-old opened his seventh straight appearance with 72-69 and is getting progressively better as the week goes on. He bogeyed the third and sixth on failed scrambles before an 18-inch birdie at the eighth to reach the break on 1-over. The South African connected back-to-back circles on 10 and 11, added birdie-3 at the 13th, and went back-to-back again at 16 and 17 before a failed sand save at the par-4 18th for a walk-off 5. Four of his back-nine birdies dropped from inside of nine feet with a long of 18'7" at the par-4 13th.
Jul 2 - 4:37 PM

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

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