This week he’ll sit out the FedEx St. Jude Classic and hone his game for next week’s US Open, where the 2011 Masters champ could surprise the field.
“It’s about time we played a little bit better. I had a bad year last year. My swing ‑‑ I pretty much lost my golf swing. It pretty much went to pieces. I got it back again a couple months ago and it has been feeling good.
“Hopefully, those are positive signs and maybe I can start hitting it more consistent. That’s what you need in the Majors to play more consistent,” he said prior to this year’s Masters.
Schwartzel has won 12 titles across the globe, seven of them coming from the European Tour, and he contends every time his game gets hot. In the last few months, however, his best result was a share of ninth at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play.
The 30-year-old has since been struggling to get the putter going, one crucial club when it comes to the US Open, which will be held at Chambers Bay Golf Club this year.
Putting will be the focus for Schwartzel this week and he’ll certainly be able to improve on his current world ranking of 45th at the US Open. He’ll be confident in his swing, but needs an all-around change in form to really get going.
“It took me a good four or five months to get my swing to where it is now. For about a year and a half, two years, I was hitting a draw. I never in my life hit a draw. And I think it basically killed me. So for the first time I’m starting to see the fade again where I can hit it down the left side and go, all right, that gives me confidence. Now I need to take more advantage of the good shots I hit, the opportunities I give myself,” he said.