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Charl Schwartzel |

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

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Charl Schwartzel secured his 10th European Tour title as a closing 2-under-par 36-34=70 took him to a four-shot win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in his native South Africa.
Schwartzel had been in control of the tournament since kicking five clear at halfway with a second-round 66. Despite the odd wobble along the way, a pair of 70s on the weekend were enough to keep the field at bay. The 31-year-old's winning total of 15-under 273 put him four in front of Gregory Bourdy (68), while two other Frenchmen occupied third and fourth, Benjamin Hebert (72) at -10 and Sebastien Gros (73) at -9. After this latest Alfred Dunhill win, it means that 40% of Schwartzel's European Tour victories have come at Leopard Creek. He also has four second places there. Three clear overnight, he played his opening nine in 1-over but birdies at 11, 13 and 14 allowed the 2011 Masters champion to coast to the finishing line. He split just 5 (of 14) fairways but hit 13 greens in regulation and was 3-for-3 in sand saves. Nov 29 - 9:42 AM

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Charl Schwartzel carded a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in his third round at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek and remains on course to win his home tournament for a fourth time.

But a repeat of his 12-shot victory in this event three years ago is almost certainly off the menu after his five-stroke overnight lead was cut to three. Schwartzel's modest 70, which took him to 13-under 203 with 18 holes to play, allowed the chasing pack to come at him and his biggest threat now comes from a pair of Frenchmen, Sebastien Gros and Benjamin Hebert. Gros pulled to within three after Saturday's low round, a 63, while Hebert joined his compatriot on 10-under via a 68. Schwartzel is five in front of fourth-placed Dylan Frittelli. What had the makings of a frustrating day for the leader started with a bogey followed by four pars. After he picked up shots at the 6th and 7th, Schwartzel had to wait until the 17th for his only other birdie of the round. Okay, the 31-year-old may own a green jacket but having not posted a worldwide win since this tournament in December 2013, it's far from a done deal just yet.
Nov 28 - 9:39 AM

Home hero Charl Schwartzel authored a 5-under-par 34-33=67 on day two of the Alfred Dunhill Championship to post 11-under 133 and kick five shots clear of the field at the midpoint.

The South African's first job today was to finish off round one after the threat of storms on Thursday afternoon had curtailed his opening lap at the 17th. Despite the early alarm call, Schwartzel carded a walk-off birdie to complete a 66 and finish in solo second before overtaking leader Christiaan Basson with a strong second 18 featuring six birdies against a single bogey. With scoring conditions getting harder as the day went on, the 31-year-old ended round two with a five-shot lead over Joost Luiten, Benjamin Hebert, Richard Sterne and Martin Benavides. Schwartzel, who hit 16 greens in regulation for the second day running, is firmly on course to win this title for a fourth time after previous triumphs at Leopard Creek in 2006, 2012 and 2013. "It's definitely my favourite place to come and play," he said later. "The golf course also suits my eye really well. The last ten years I've aimed at the same trees on every hole at the end of the fairways."
Nov 27 - 6:50 AM

Charl Schwartzel climbed up to T2 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa before the first round was halted due to dangerous weather.

Schwartzel had made his move at the European Tour's 2016 opener with a trio of birdies at 14, 15 and 16 but, after a par at the next, he was forced off the course. Along with 38 others, the 2011 Masters champion will return to Leopard Creek at 0630 local time on Friday to finish up. Schwartzel has won his home event three times and has been runner-up on four other occasions so he's meeting expectations so far, especially after posting T4 in last week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. He shares second spot with England's Matt Ford and Zimbabwean Matt Williams and has the chance to close the gap on three-shot clubhouse leader Christiaan Basson as the hole he has left to complete is a 541-yard par 5.
Nov 26 - 11:24 AM

Charl Schwartzel painted a final-round 3-under-par 34-35=69 at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai to crack the top five for just the second time this season.

Despite finishing eight swings behind winner Rory McIlroy, Schwartzel's total of 13-under 275 was good enough for T4. That represented his best finish of the year since a second place at his home South African Open back in January. The 2011 Masters winner, who said on Friday that he was swinging the club better than ever, struggled from tee to green on Sunday, splitting just 6 (of 14) fairways and hitting only 11 greens in regulation. He limited the damage with 6-for-7 scrambling and was 12-for-15 in that category for the week. Schwartzel finished 23rd on the final 2015 Race to Dubai standings, one up from last year.
Nov 22 - 7:59 AM

Charl Schwartzel birdied four of the final five holes and posted the early clubhouse lead of 8-under 136 after a second-round 7-under-par 33-32=65 at the DP World Tour Championship on Friday.

The South African ended his opening round at the Earth course with a double bogey-7 on Thursday but today he was flawless with seven birdies and 11 pars. Schwartzel went to the turn in 33 after picking up shots at 2, 5 and 7 before ending a run of six straight pars with birdies at 14, 15, 17 and 18. His set included gains at each of the four par 5s. For now he has a one-shot clubhouse lead over Bernd Wiesberger and Justin Rose while he's tied on 8-under with Thongchai Jaidee, who still has five holes to complete.
Nov 20 - 4:50 AM

Charl Schwartzel enjoyed a bogey-free, 4-under-par 35-33=68 in today's final round of the Open to post 12-under 276, T6 on the leaderboard with play still in progress.

Schwartzel endured a two-shot penalty before his tournament debut even began. In a rare ruling, he was deemed to not be on the teeing ground in sufficient time for his opening tee time, although he was in the area. What might have been for the South African perhaps, still in search of his second TOUR victory since winning the 2011 Masters. Besides the opening double bogey-6, and bogey at the fourth in the first round, Schwartzel played his last 68 holes with only two more dropped shots, including today's blemish-free loop. In his post-round interview, the 31-year-old explained the ruling as he understood it, and declared that he enjoyed his week and would be back.
Oct 18 - 7:12 PM

Charl Schwartzel carded a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in today's second round of the Open to reach the midpoint in 5-under 139, one stroke adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.

Because he manages a limited schedule on the PGA TOUR, Schwartzel is often impossible to gauge in the short-term, but he always finishes the season in respectable position in the FedExCup standings. The only problem is that because he's parked inside the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, he projects more punch. Perhaps this is the week he collects his second title on TOUR (2011 Masters). The South African hit only 11 greens in each of the first two rounds, but he's limited the damage to two bogeys and a double while wrangling nine birdies. He also finished like a beast today with birdies on four of his last six holes. The burst was sparked by a conversion from 11'2" at the par-4 fourth hole.
Oct 16 - 4:21 PM

With a birdie from 18'9" on the par-3 17th hole, Charl Schwartzel slammed the door on the U.S. 2 and 1 in his four-ball pairing with Thongchai Jaidee on Friday at the Presidents Cup.

Americans Bill Haas and Chris Kirk could only look on as the South African flashed the perfect stroke. On the previous hole, Haas connected from 15'7" for a birdie-3 to shave the Internationals' lead to 1 up, but it merely delayed the inevitable. In fact, the U.S. didn't have a taste of the lead at any point during the anchor match of the day. It was the third to finish with all three points claimed by the Internationals. Schwartzel authored the only other notable conversion of the match when his try from 22'10" at the par-3 13th disappeared for the win. It boosted his team to a 3-up lead at the time. When the duos eventually shook hands, the scoreboard read 4-4.
Oct 9 - 2:51 AM

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel is in Incheon, Korea, for his third consecutive playing of The Presidents Cup.

In easily his worst of five seasons on the PGA TOUR, Schwartzel ended his 2014-15 campaign 106th in the FedExCup standings, failing to advance past The Barclays for the first time in his career. In 19 total starts on the season, he posted just three top 10s, including a timely and season-best T3 at the Wyndham Championship to get into the FEC Playoffs. Elsewhere, he made four starts on the European Tour with one top 10 (T9, Abu Dhabi) and missed two cuts, including by four strokes at last week's Alfred Dunhill Links. The 31-year-old was on the losing side in his two prior appearances in The Presidents Cup (2011, 2013) where he owns a 5-4-1 record. At the 2013 edition, he went 1-3-0 in foursomes and four-balls, teamed each time with countryman Louis Oosthuizen, and was a 2 and 1 winner over Keegan Bradley in Sunday singles.
Oct 6 - 11:08 AM

Charl Schwartzel moved to the top of the halfway leaderboard at the Porsche European Open after posting a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in Friday's second round.

At 10-under 132, the South African holds a two-shot clubhouse lead from compatriot Darren Fichardt. Schwartzel played a steady opening nine with eight pars and a birdie at 12 but made his move with par breakers at 1, 3, 5 and 8 to record his second straight 66. "It’s nice to play some consistent golf. I’ve been feeling like I’m going to play well for a while, knocking on the door, but not had the momentum go my way," said the 2011 Masters winner. "This time around I’ve kept it together nicely. I’ve hit lots of greens, given myself lots of opportunities and made a few putts, which helps." Despite splitting just 5 (of 13) fairways, Schwartzel hit 15 greens in regulation and is 31-for-36 in that category so far. He was also 3-for-3 in scrambling today.
Sep 25 - 8:33 AM

Charl Schwartzel finds himself building momentum ahead of this week's Barclays.

The South African has a pair of top 10s in his last five starts. They go in the books as his only two stroke-play top 10s of the season. It was a down year, for sure, by the high standards of Schwartzel. Entering Plainfield Country Club ranked 96th in the FedExCup standings, there is still plenty of time to salvage the season.
Aug 25 - 11:21 PM

Charl Schwartzel rallied to a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to post 15-under 265, two back of the leader in the clubhouse Davis Love III.

It wasn't four birdies over his last four to win the Masters for Schwartzel, but it was close, and timely. Via his win at the 2011 Masters, the South African is exempt on TOUR thru 2015-16, but he entered the week No. 125 in the FedExCup standings and needed a high finish to keep his consecutive streak of four FEC-Playoff appearances intact --and he delivered. Schwartzel began the day at 11-under (T10) and four adrift. He circled three on the card at Nos. 1, 5 and 7 before squaring bogeys at the 10th and 12th to fall off the pace. It was short-lived, as he circled three birdies over his last five holes to bump back up to T3 on the live leaderboard. Schwartzel had a look from 6'3" at the last to put one more on the board, but missed right. Nonetheless, the 30-year-old projects 96th in FEC points and wraps his second Wyndham appearance with four sub-par rounds and a perfect eight overall at Sedgefield Country Club dating back to his T14 finish in 2012.
Aug 23 - 5:24 PM

Charl Schwartzel crafted a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in round three of the PGA Championship to match the early clubhouse target of 6-under 210.

Schwartzel joined Americans Book Weekley and Robert Streb despite slipping late with two bogeys in his final four holes. The trio are currently T16 on the live leaderboard, seven behind pacesetter Matt Jones, who is still on the front nine. The South African hit 11 of his first 12 greens in regulation and was successful with five conversions -- the longest from 8'8". It looked as if he could match or beat his lowest lap in the PGA, a 66, when his approach at 14 arrowed towards the flag but it rebounded 9 feet backwards and he missed the birdie try. The 2011 Masters champion then suffered his first bogey of the day at 15 and three-putted 17 although he did sandwich in a sixth birdie of the day at 16. Schwartzel, who is still without a top 10 at the PGA in nine tries, split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in the right number.
Aug 15 - 5:50 PM

Charl Schwartzel cracked the top 20 at the 2010 PGA Championship and makes his way back to Whistling Straits for another shot at it.

The South African has at least one top 10 in all four majors, except for the PGA Championship. The closest he's come was a T12 in 2011, played on Atlanta Athletic Club. His 2014-15 season form has been very mediocre, by his high standards. In 16 starts, he's collected just three top 25s. The safest play for gamers this week is to avoid the out-of-form PGA TOUR winner.
Aug 11 - 11:08 PM