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