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Charl Schwartzel

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

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Past champ and World No. 29 Charl Schwartzel twirled a 4-under-par 35-33=68 on Day 4 on the 2017 Masters to post 6-under 282, up five spots to solo 3rd, three swings shy of a 2-man playoff involving 54-hole co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.
The 2011 winner was making his eighth appearance and this is a second top 10. In five previous attempts following the win, he'd missed two cuts with a best of T25 in 2013, so this is a vast improvement. After opening in 74-72, the South African was T13 and played the weekend in twin 68s. He began the finale in solo 8th on 2-under, four shy, and found nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, recording 1.61 average putts per hole. The 32-year-old squared bogey-5s at 3 and 14, offset by birdies at 2, 9, 11, 13 and 15, walking off with a 23-footer for birdie-3 that secured the third-place finish, one clear of Matt Kuchar and Thomas Pieters. This was his 41st overall major championship appearance with the win here in 2011 his lone major title. Apr 9 - 7:17 PM

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Past champ and World No. 29 Charl Schwartzel hung up a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in today's third round of the 81st Masters for a 54-hole tally of 2-under 214, up eight places to T8 with play still in progress and tying the low lap with Lee Westwood and Jordan Spieth. UPDATE: With play completed, Schwartzel is in solo 8th while 54-hole co-leader Justin Rose shot the low round with 67.

The 2011 winner is making his eighth consecutive appearance and won on second visit. After opening in 74-72, he improved to 6-for-8 with missed cuts in 2014 and last year (by two) with rounds of 76-76. The South African squared a lone bogey-4 at the fourth (failed sand save), outbalanced by two, 2-putt birdie-4s at 2 and 13, and eagle at the par-5 15th from 11 feet. He split 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation, averaging 1.72 putts per hole, with zero 3-putts.
Apr 8 - 6:15 PM

Charl Schwartzel made quick work of Byeong Hun An on day one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, winning 6-and-5 to secure the first point out of Group 12.

The South African joins his fellow countryman, Branden Grace, as the first two match winners of this week's event. Despite the final score, it wasn't an open-and-shut case. Byeong Hun An overcame an early deficit when he recorded a par at the second hole to regain ALL SQUARE status. An would take the lead just two holes later when he tapped in a 2'5" par. Schwartzel took over the match from there, winning seven of the next nine holes to close out the match. He circled just three birdies over that stretch, but An failed to fight back. Up next for Schwartzel is a Friday match against the Dutchman, Joost Luiten.
Mar 22 - 2:27 PM

Defending champ and World No. 28 Charl Schwartzel rallied for a 3-under-par 36-32=68 in today's final round of the Valspar Championship to conclude his third appearance on 9-under 275, up one place to solo 6th with play winding down.

The South African won his second TOUR title (2011 Masters) here last year with an aggregate of 7-under 277. He bettered that by two, but is currently five back of the leaders on the course. After kicking off in 70-70-67, the 32-year-old began on 6-under (T7), eight adrift of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin. He went out in even par, exchanging birdie-4 at one with bogey-5 at six, but came home in 3-under, outpacing bogey-6 at 14 with back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12, and 17 and 18. This was Schwartzel's fourth start of the season and first finish inside the top 30. He ended last season with consecutive top 10s in the final two events of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Mar 12 - 5:54 PM

Defending champ and World No. 28 Charl Schwartzel spun a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's third round of the Valspar Championship to reach the three-quarter pole on 6-under 207, up 24 spots on the live leaderboard to T8 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Schwartzel is in a two-way T7, eight adrift of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin, while Patrick Cantlay had the low round with 66.

The South African was solo 8th thru 54 holes last year (71-70-69), five back, and shot the low round of the day with 67, tying 54-hole leader Bill Haas and defeated him with par on the first hole of sudden death. This week, he opened with twin 70s, T32 on 2-under, eight back of 36-hole leader Adam Hadwin. The 32-year-old mustered five (of 13) fairways and nine greens in regulation, but posted a tidy 1.556 putts per GIR and 3.734 SG: Putting. He squared bogey-5s at six and 10 (failed scrambles), camouflaged with four birdie-4s and birdie-3s at Nos. 2 and 18. Schwartzel's split included five conventional, two from between 18 and 34 feet with a long of 33'6" at the par-5 first, and a 14-footer from the fringe at the par-5 fifth.
Mar 11 - 3:23 PM

World No. 28 Charl Schwartzel looks to regain form as he attempts to defend his crown at this week's Valspar Championship.

The South African missed the cut in his 2012 Valspar debut but in the back of his mind he knew the course was a good fit. Four years later, his schedule allowed him to return and he capitalized with rounds of 71-70-69-67 to end the tournament at 7-under 277. That put him in a playoff with Bill Haas and Schwartzel came out on top with a par on the first hole in sudden death. The South African's win was well-earned as he gained 7.83 strokes approaching-the-green, on the week. More recently, Schwartzel is struggling to find his form in 2017, missing the cut at the Maybank Championship (Euro Tour) and Genesis Open before posting a middling T38 (of 77) at last week's WGC-Mexico Championship. UPDATE: Withdrew in the middle of his pro-am round on Wednesday, "Schwartzel hit in left wrist by a golf ball that ricocheted off a tree. Reflexes kept it from being worse." -Doug Ferguson
Mar 7 - 10:54 AM

Charl Schwartzel slammed his trunk early following a 2-over-par 37-37=74 in round two of the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, closing the week at 1-over 145 and falling short of the cut line by three strokes.

A birdie at his closing hole, the 9th, would have put the former Masters champ through to the weekend but he swallowed a double bogey instead. "Not exactly what I had in mind, the game throws these curve balls every now and again. Still feeling very confident with my game for the year," the South African tweeted later. He now moves onto the Genesis Open at Riviera. Other notables that will join Schwartzel and get the weekend off include: 143- Jeunghun Wang, defending champion Marcus Fraser ... 144- Thomas Aiken ... 145- Nicolas Colsaerts, Gregory Bourdy, Ross Fisher ... 146- Kiradech Aphibarnrat ... 147- George Coetzee.
Feb 10 - 6:52 AM

Charl Schwartzel will make his course debut at Saujana G&CC when he tees it up at this week's Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The South African, currently ranked 26th in the world, first headed out to Malaysia in 2003 and has a solid record in the country, with three top six finishes in the Malaysian Open in addition to T19 in the 2014 CIMB Classic (his last venture there). He missed all of the Desert Swing - and rather surprisingly and with litte explanation ("personal reasons") the BMW South African Open - so hasn't been seen since ending the 2016 season with a fine T3 in the DP World Tour Championship which he followed up with T4 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship a week later – a final round 74 there cost him the title when he appeared ready to pounce on a favorite track. Amazingly, you have to go back to 2004 for a year in which he hasn’t recorded a top five finish in January or February.
Feb 7 - 4:46 AM

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.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 07:36:00 AM

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.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 10:56:00 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?
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 06:38:00 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.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 11:07:00 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.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 11:41:00 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).
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 07:21:00 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.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 06:34:00 AM