Charl Schwartzel is well known at the 2011 Masters champion, but there is another Schwartzel in field at the 103rd South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club and after the first two rounds, the pair have both done the family name proud.
While Charl has justified his status as the tournament favourite by sharing the lead, younger brother Attie is sitting just six shots adrift and earning high praise from his older sibling.
“I’m happy to see Attie play so well; he got a sponsors invitation after playing so well on the Big Easy Tour, but it’s so difficult to play when you only have one chance because there is such pressure to perform,” said Charl.
“He played much better this year and he just needs to kick on; he just needs one result at one of these big tournaments.”
Earlier this week, the brothers had a few practice rounds together.
"I played 18 with him on Monday and nine with him on Wednesday," said Attie. "The two rounds with Charl helped me a lot. I picked his mind a bit, because there were a lot of holes where I took driver and he took irons.
"I also gained a bit of his insight into course management."
The Vereeniging-based Attie also plays out of the local Maccauvlei Golf Club. He turned pro in 2008, but hasn't had many outings at Glendower. However, his pre-tournament rounds with 'Big Brother Charl' and good fortune saw him sign off on rounds of 67 and 71.
“I had a bit of bad luck on 16 when I hit a tree just left of the fairway and the ball bounced back about 100 metres,” said Attie. “I still had 230 meters in for my second and made a five there. And on the next hole, I had tree trouble again.
“The ball lodged in a huge palm tree and I had to declare a lost ball and signed for a double bogey. But I just put it behind me and managed to birdie the last hole. Before the tournament, I would have taken six-under through two rounds. I’m very pleased with my position and I just want to try and keep the bogeys off the card over the weekend.”
Charl’s number one fan really enjoys watching his brother compete internationally on television and says it’s a little strange not being able to watch Charl take control at Glendower.
“I love watching Charl, but I guess I’m recording this week. Thank goodness for PVR.”