Schwartzel, who owns 10 victories worldwide, famously won the 2011 Masters Tournament with a final-round 66 that included birdies at each of the last four holes. In doing so, he became the third South African to wear the Green Jacket following Gary Player and IMG client Trevor Immelman.
Currently No. 17 on the Official World Golf Rankings, Schwartzel is twice a member of the International Presidents Cup Team. He has enjoyed consistent success across the PGA Tour and European Tour, most recently winning the Alfred Dunhill Championship in both 2012 and 2013 in his native South Africa.
“I feel IMG is best positioned to help grow my business both globally and in the United States at this pivotal time in my career,” said Schwartzel. “I look forward to making full use of their global resources and experience.”
Guy Kinnings of IMG commented, “We are absolutely delighted to work with Charl across all aspects of his career, allowing him to place his entire focus on excelling inside the ropes. IMG is uniquely positioned to help maximize Charl’s business interests globally and we look forward to helping such a talented player succeed on and off the golf course. From its inception IMG has a long and proud history of representing South African players who have played global schedules and we are thrilled to have Charl join us as a client.”
Schwartzel enjoyed significant amateur success earning nearly 20 titles across Africa and worldwide before turning professional at the age of 18. He subsequently joined the European Tour in 2002 and went on to earn his first professional victory in a playoff at the 2005 Dunhill Championship. He topped the Order of Merit on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour in three consecutive seasons beginning in 2005 and to date has earned nine European Tour victories in 13 seasons as a member.
On the PGA Tour this season, Schwartzel has already enjoyed two top ten finishes with a fifth place at the Northern Trust Open and a tie for ninth at the WGC Cadillac Championship.