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Charl Schwartzel

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 160

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Charl Schwartzel's defense of the Alfred Dunhill Championship ended as a damp squib after he carded a final round 2-over-par 33-41=74 to finish the week T4 on 12-under 276 at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, fully ten shots back of the winner Brandon Stone.
Faced with a three-shot deficit heading into the final day, the four-time course champion made birdies at 1, 2 and 6 which were unanswered by the pre-round leader Brandon Stone, so the pair found themselves tied at the top of the scoreboard. Alas for Schwartzel, that situation would be all too brief. He immediately made bogey at 7, whilst Stone responded with two birdies. Schwartzel did tick 11, but with the gap growing (Stone circled 10 and 11), the defending champion chased a score, and it all went wrong. A bogey-6 at 13 started the rot, triple bogey-8 at 15 continued it, double bogey-5 at 16 confirmed he would end the week someway distant of the winner. A birdie at the final hole retrieved some pride, by clawing him back into the top five. Dec 4 - 7:36 AM

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Charl Schwartzel's hopes of winning his home Alfred Dunhill Championship for the fourth time in five years and fifth occasion overall remain intact but he'll have to come from three back in Sunday's final round after carding a 4-under-par 35-33=68 on day three to reach 14-under 202.

Nothing wrong with his score today but halfway leader and playing partner Brandon Stone added a 66 to open up daylight. Schwartzel couldn't get it going early at Leopard Creek and had to settle for a one-birdie, one-bogey 35 on his outward nine. But, as in the first two rounds, he found his rhythm on the par 72's back nine and reeled off birdies at 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15 to eat into Stone's lead. The gap was two at that stage but Schwartzel ended the day three behind after a bogey-par-par finish. "I need to put myself in play more on the front nine. My putting is really beautiful and I just need to give myself more opportunities and I'm not doing that on the front nine," he said. "Hopefully tomorrow I can just play a little better from the beginning." As the final player of the trio to post 14-under, he's denied a place in Sunday's closing three-ball. Schwartzel will tee off in the penultimate group alongside Frenchman Benjamin Hebert and Scotland's David Drysdale.
Dec 3 - 10:56 AM

Charl Schwartzel continued his bid to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship for a fifth time with a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in Friday's second round, his 36-hole total of 10-under 134 giving him a one-shot clubhouse lead. UPDATE: Schwartzel will start the weekend in T2, one shot behind leader Brandon Stone

The joint leader with Paul Dunne after an opening 66, the Leopard Creek specialist looked set to add another after making six birdies in his first 14 holes today. He registered circles at 12, 13 and 18 on the back nine after starting at 10 and, after another gain at 1, the home hero drained a bomb at 4 and followed it with a 20-footer for another at 5. But just when it seemed as if Schwartzel would build a healthy lead he swallowed a double bogey-5 at 7. Two closing pars meant his lead was restricted to a shot over fellow South African George Coetzee. It's worth noting that he held the halfway lead when winning this title in 2012, 2013 and 2015 so, right now, he's following the same path to victory. Can anyone stop him this weekend?
Dec 2 - 6:38 AM

Four-time winner Charl Schwartzel continued his love affair with the Alfred Dunhill Championship by posting a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in Thursday's opening round, good enough for a share of the clubhouse lead with Ireland's Paul Dunne.

Here we go again. The South African has dominated his home event, winning three of the last four editions to add to his first victory in 2004 and also finishing runner-up on four occasions. Today's 66 makes him 128-under in this his 12th start in the tournament, a staggering 83 shots better than anyone else. It was a slow burn to begin with for Schwartzel as he managed just a single birdie at 5 along with eight pars on the front nine. But on the back he caught fire with circles at 10, 11, 13, 15 and 18 to hit the front again. At 6-under, Schwartzel and Dunne enjoy a one-shot lead over a five-man bunch which includes South African Open champ Brandon Stone.
Dec 1 - 11:07 AM

Charl Schwartzel returns to a very happy hunting ground when he tees it up in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club this week.

Schwartzel's record on this course is in Tiger territory – and not just because it's on the edge of Kruger National Park. Just as Tiger Woods dominated courses like Bay Hill and Firestone, so too does Schwartzel here. In his 11 appearances at the track in this tournament he has four wins and four second placed finishes; he has broken par 38 times in 42 laps; his career score to par at the layout is 122-under (next best is 77 adrift); and whilst his first win required a play-off, the next three (all in the last four years) were dominant (winning margins of 4, 12 and 4 shots). A rather scrappy T39 (74-76-68-76) at the recent Nedbank Golf Challenge might put you off, but he responded with solo third at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. Don't mess with the wildlife in a safari park; don't mess with Schwartzel at Leopard Creek.
Nov 29 - 11:41 AM

Charl Schwartzel fired a final round 5-under-par 34-33=67 to finish third at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on 14-under 274.

The South African was never in the hunt for the title, but he cashes in on a fondness for the Greg Norman-designed track, having finished T4 12 months ago. Schwartzel opened bogey-birdie in his final lap and then went birdie-bogey at 5 and 6 before adding red at 7 and 8. Another birdie-bogey duo at 10 and 11 started his back nine before he painted red at 14, 16 and 18 (the latter thanks to a sand save).
Nov 20 - 7:21 AM

Charl Schwartzel authored a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in round two of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, good enough for a share of the halfway lead with Tyrrell Hatton and Bernd Wiesberger.

The South African arrived at 7-under 137 after an eagle and three birdies on his impressive lap of the Earth Course. Schwartzel started fast with birdies at 1 and 3 but didn't make his next deviation from par until the 14th hole. It was worth the wait though as he nailed an eagle-3. The former Masters winner tied the lead with another circle at 17 before missing a nine-foot putt at the last to take the lead on his own. The European Tour's season closer has been a lucrative event for Schwartzel and he's now on course to crack the top five for the fourth time in his last five appearances. That includes T4 last year. On the live leaderboard he's currently in a six-way tie with Hatton, Wiesberger, Joost Luiten, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood.
Nov 18 - 6:34 AM

Charl Schwartzel will have more experience than most when he tees it up at the Gary Player Country Club for this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.

Schwartzel has to be worthy of consideration this week given that he has mopped up two wins his last three tournaments on home soil (the 2016 Tshwane Open and 2015 Alfred Dunhill Championship). Moreover his tournament form is strong: nine straight top 15s (although the limited size of the field prior to this year needs to be taken into consideration). He was 4th and 10th in the final two events of the FedExCup finals, showing signs of life after a slightly flat summer and was T30 in the WGC-HSBC Champions. The 11-time European Tour winner is 30th on the Race to Dubai so will continue to next week's finale, but he might want a good finish to confirm a ninth straight year in the top 30 of the end of year rankings.
Nov 8 - 6:15 AM

30-seed Charl Schwartzel backed up with a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to finish up his second appearance on 2-under 278, down three places into a five-way T10.

The 32-year-old began the final frame in a two-way T7 on 3-under, five back of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. He circled five birdies on just four (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, but cancelled them with four bogeys and a double bogey-5 at the 15th. For the week, he was No. 1 in eagles (with two) and added 14 birdies against 10 bogeys and three doubles. It's his fifth top 10 of the season in 19 starts, 12th top 25, and is projected to climb five spots to a career-best 25th in the final FedExCup standings.
Sep 25 - 5:47 PM

30-seed Charl Schwartzel rode back-to-back eagles to a week-tying-low 4-under-par 31-35=66 in today's third round of the TOUR Championship to post 3-under 207, up seven spots to T7, five in arrears to 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

The 32-year-old's 66 was the 11th of the week recorded at East Lake and one of seven on Moving Day. His was buoyed by consecutive eagles on Nos. 6 and 7, the first a conventional 8'10" roll at the par-5 sixth and the second, a hole-out from 142 yards for a '2' at the seventh. The South African birdied the 12th and 18th, both from inside of 12 feet, but cancelled them with a two-putt double bogey-6 at the 14th. He recorded week bests with seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.631 strokes approaching-the-green.
Sep 24 - 4:41 PM

30-seed Charl Schwarztel fashioned a 3-under-par 31-36=67 in today's second round of the TOUR Championship to post 1-over 141, up 10 places to T14 with play still in progress.

The 32-year-old was the last man into the Playoffs finale with a back-door five-way T4 at the BMW Championship, closing with a season-low 64. This is his second appearance after finishing 29th (of 30 players) in 2013. The World No. 25 opened with a 74, outbalancing two birdies with four bogeys and a double bogey-6. He rebounded on Day 2 to record five birdies, primarily on the strength of the flat stick, turning a -2.204 in SG: Putting in R1 into a 2.813 in R2. Schwartzel took some of the luster off with bogeys at 12 and a walk-off 6 at the 18th on a failed scramble.
Sep 23 - 4:10 PM

Charl Schwartzel twirled a season-low bogey-free 33-31=64 in today's final round of the BMW Championship to conclude his fifth appearance on 12-under 276, up 21 places to T5 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Schwartzel finished in a five-way T4 and is the last player to get into the TOUR Championship at 30th in the FedExCup standings.

The 32-year-old entered the week 43rd in the FedExCup standings and is projected to climb 13 places to 30th. If he stays in the top 30 and advances to the TOUR Championship, it will be his second time, first since 2013 where he finished 29th of 30 players. The South Africans's 64 is the low lap in the clubhouse and a season low in 66 rounds, eclipsing 65 at the DEAN & DELUCA/R3. He circled eight birdies on 15 greens in regulation for a stellar 1.467 putts per GIR and 4.184 SG: Putting. Schwartzel's longest conversion -- and only from outside of 10 feet -- was 16'8" at the par-5 11th. He also canned three par-savers from greater than seven feet.
Sep 11 - 3:50 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, Charl Schwartzel smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to post 6-under 136, up 35 spots to T13 with play still in progress.

This is the 32-year-old's fifth straight appearance with a best of T21 on debut in 2011. He kicked off with a up-and-down 1-under 70 which featured four bogeys, but outpaced them with three birdies and an eagle-3 at the second. The South African, who entered the week 32nd in the FedExCup standings, was flawless in Round 2, circling three birdies on 17 greens in regulation, adding a 20-footer for eagle on the par-3 18th. Thru 36 holes, he's T65 in birdies with six, but No. 1 in eagles with two.
Sep 3 - 6:05 PM

Charl Schwartzel styled a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's third round of The Barclays to reach 2-under 211, up 36 spots to T25 with play still in progress.

The 31-year-old, who celebrates his birthday in four days (August 31st), opened his fifth straight appearance in 73-71 to begin the third round T61. He set the stage early with a hole-out eagle-2 at the first (from the right rough 110 yards away), adding a six-footer for birdie at the par-4 second. The South African gave two back with bogeys at 3 and 5, the former a 3-putt from 33'2", but then played his final 13 holes blemish-free, adding birdie-4s at 7 (17'3") and 13 (10'8"), and his second hole-out of the round, pitching in 50'8" from the target for birdie at the par-3 11th. Thru 54 holes, he's currently T1 in GIR at 77.78 percent (42/54), including 16 in R3. Schwartzel, winner of the 2016 Valspar, entered the week 30th in the FedExCup standings.
Aug 27 - 3:01 PM

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