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Charl Schwartzel |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 160
College: South Africa

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Charl Schwartzel put up a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in round three of the 144th Open Championship and sits at 8-under 208 with 18 to play.
The South African bogeyed No. 1 when inexplicably finding the burn after taking an iron off the tee and also dropped a shot at 18 but there was plenty of good stuff in between. He recovered his opening bogey with a birdie at 2, made another gain at 5 and circled four straight par breakers at 9, 10, 11 and 12. The latter briefly took him into the lead at 10-under but he he wobbled again with back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14 and wiped out a birdie at 16 by taking a five at the par-4 closer. Add all that up and he currently lies three off the clubhouse lead and four behind Jason Day and Paul Dunne, who are in the final stages of their rounds. Jul 19 - 1:11 PM

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The second round of The 144th Open Championship was suspended at 7:32 a.m. local time due to heavy winds.

Play resumed at 7:00 a.m. but winds gusting at approximately 40 mph prevented Brooks Koepka's ball on the 11th green from remaining still. After a few minutes, tournament officials sounded the horn. Charl Schwartzel yanked his drive off the tee at the par-4 17th hole onto the fairway at the par-4 second, and then marked before walking in. The threesome of J.B. Holmes, Shinji Tomimura and Brendon Todd were on the par-4 18th, so they elected to finish. They're the only golfers of the 42 who returned to St. Andrews to conclude the second round this morning. The short-range forecast isn't favorable for winds to abate, but play could resume at any time.
Jul 18 - 2:38 AM

Charl Schwartzel reminded the masses that he can still be a threat with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's opening round of The Open Championship.

With top 20s in four of the last five Opens, he's a horse for links golf. He also arrived having posted top 10s in his last two starts worldwide. Today at St. Andrews, Schwartzel hit 15 greens in regulation and connected for seven birdies. Bogey-5s and Nos. 2 and 17 stained his scorecard, but he won't complain sitting just one stroke in arrears of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Jul 16 - 9:27 AM

Charl Schwartzel tacked on a 4-under-par 35-31=66 in the final round of the 115th U.S. Open to conclude the championship at 2-under 278, currently T5 with play still in progress.

Schwartzel entered the week 141st in the FedExCup standings. His season-best (on 13 starts) is T9 at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, but in stroke play, it's a T19 at the CIMB Classic back in November, his first event of the season. The South African, whose 2011 Masters win is still his only victory in 119 career PGA TOUR starts, began his final round at 2-over (T15), six shots back. He exchanged two birdies with two bogeys to turn even, but tore up the back circling four birdies at Nos. 11, 12, 14 and 18. The 30-year-old, T35 after two rounds, closed in 69-66 on the weekend and looks a lock to trump his career-best T9 at the 2011 edition.
Jun 21 - 9:00 PM

Charl Schwartzel signed for a 1-under-par 34-35=69 after today's third round of the 115th U.S. Open and clocked in with a 54-hole aggregate of 2-over 212.

Schwartzel began the day at 3-over (T35) and eight adrift of the 36-hole leaders. He peppered 13 (of 14) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation, completing his loop in 31 putts. The 30-year-old outdistanced three bogeys with four birdies, including a walk-off from 14' at the par-5 18th that book-ended an opening circle from five feet at the first. The South African added conversions of 13 feet at the eighth and a two-putt birdie at the drivable par-4 12th. At last check, the South African was solo 17th on the leaderboard, up 18 spots, and three back of the clubhouse leader Louis Oosthuizen.
Jun 20 - 8:05 PM

Charl Schwartzel has decided not to compete in this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

We'll see him again next week's U.S. Open, but he won't be landing in Washington with any form. Schwartzel has yet to register a top-35 finish in stroke-play competition on the PGA TOUR this year. He's 136th in the FedExCup standings, but the 30-year-old is already fully exempt through 2015-16.
Jun 9 - 12:03 PM

Charl Schwartzel appears out of form ahead of this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

The South African continues his very forgettable 2014-15 season as he arrives with just one top 30 in 10 stroke-play events. His course history is much more appealing, collecting a third-place finish in his 2013 debut and backing it up last year with a T11. Some courses fit the eye of a golfer better than others, but it's hard for gamers to trust Schwartzel given his current form.
May 26 - 10:55 PM

Charl Schwartzel eliminated Matt Jones in 20 holes in today's third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship to earn a berth into the round of 16.

Jones scored bogey-free 3-under through 19 holes today, but bogeyed the par-3 second the second time through the conclude his time at TPC Harding Park. After Schwartzel took a 1-up lead with birdie at the par-4 eighth, the duo exchanged pars for the next nine holes. The Aussie then rolled in a 25-footer at the par-5 18th to extend. A victory would have forced a three-way playoff, but Jones went 1-2. Schwartzel was undefeated.
May 1 - 9:05 PM

Charl Schwartzel upended Dustin Johnson in 20 holes in today's second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

This appeared to be DJ's all the way. Schwartzel played the first 11 holes in birdie-free 3-over with three bogeys and sat 3-down. Then he pulled a rabbit out of his hat. After finding the greenside rough left of the pin at the drivable, par-4 12th, the South African holed out for eagle. Johnson birdied, but his lead was cut to 2-up. It stood that way until Schwartzel found a birdie at the par-4 16th. He'd eventually square with a birdie-4 at 18. They matched pars at the par-5 first in sudden death before Schwartzel clinched with birdie at the par-3 second. For the match, DJ played the par 5s in bogey-birdie-par-par, not what you'd expect from the long hitter. Schwartzel (2-0) can advance with a win over Matt Jones (1-1) in the third round. Johnson (1-1) will need to defeat Victor Dubuisson (0-2) and Jones to win to force a three-way playoff.
Apr 30 - 6:33 PM

Former winner Charl Schwartzel made too many errors and settled for a 1-over-par 73 in round three of the Masters.

Birdies at the second and third holes suggested Schwartzel had top five ambitions at least but he lost his way after that to finish on 2-under 2014, currently T21. Back-to-back bogeys at the sixth and seventh halted his progression and, after a birdie at the ninth, he dropped three shots at the start of the back nine with a double bogey-6 at the 10th and a bogey at 11. The South African did respond by circling birdies at 13 and 16 but closed with another bogey. His fairways hit (8) and greens in regulation (9) figures were both lows for the week.
Apr 12 - 5:16 AM

Charl Schwartzel is 3-under-par 71-70=141 through two rounds of the Masters, 11 strokes back of the 36-hole lead.

The 2011 champ missed last year's cut and hadn't scored lower than 73 in his previous four rounds of Augusta National, so it's encouraging to see him end the drought and start a trend. Today's round was nifty in that he missed seven greens in regulation but limited the dropped shots to bogeys at Nos. 12 and 18. Elsewhere, Schwartzel picked off four birdies, including a long-range conversion at the par-4 10th. He's played very well abroad in 2015, but has finished outside the top 40 in his last five starts on the PGA TOUR.
Apr 10 - 7:10 PM

Charl Schwartzel looks to break out of his slump at this week's Shell Houston Open.

The South African finished outside the top 40 in just six of his 18 starts last season but has already finished outside that mark in four of his five starts in 2014-15. His statistics are down across the board with the exception of driving distance, which may come in handy this week. Schwartzel has been dormant for three weeks, giving him plenty of time to work out the kinks. Perhaps it's wise to reinvest while his stock is low.
Apr 1 - 3:55 PM

Charl Schwartzel will take out his old yardage books as he prepares for his third Northern Trust Open.

The South African has a pair of top 5s at this event in two tries, and has yet to shoot a round over-par. The Kikuyugrass rough must make him feel like he's playing back in his home country. Speaking of home country, Schwartzel is just five weeks removed from a gut-wrenching loss at his national Open where he blew a five shot 54-hole lead, losing in a playoff. On the bright side, he did bounce back with a T9 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and appears to be back on track entering this week.
Feb 18 - 9:54 AM

A week after blowing victory in his home South African Open, Charl Schwartzel shot a 1-under 35-36=71 to finish T9 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

The 2011 Masters champion could have been forgiven for carrying mental scars this week but shooting 13-under and recording a top 10 finish was a decent way to rebound. Schwartzel made two birdies and a single bogey on the front nine and mixed three birdies, three bogeys and three pars on the back. In fact, he made as many bogeys over the last eight holes as he did over the previous 64 so perhaps there were signs of residue from losing the South African Open from four clear with five to play.
Jan 18 - 10:24 AM

Charl Schwartzel is still awaiting a first victory in the South African Open after a gut-wrenching playoff loss at Glendower on Sunday.

Five shots clear overnight, a 2-over 36-38=74 saw him finish at 11-under 277 alongside Andy Sullivan and then lose to the Englishman at the first hole of sudden death. Schwartzel's mission to finally capture his national Open fell apart on the back nine. The South African looked to be cruising when moving four in front of Sullivan's clubhouse target with five to play. But the oil started leaking with a bogey at the 14th and two holes later he followed it with a double bogey at 16. That left him with a precarious one-shot lead which he lost at the next with another bogey. The 2011 Masters champion looked set to extend the playoff after a superb pitch to two feet at the first extra hole but Sullivan buried a 12-foot putt to deny him. It's the second year running Schwartzel has taken a lead into the final round of this event and failed to convert.
Jan 11 - 1:24 PM