The Masters champion has won at least one tournament per year since 2010 and he’ll eye Wentworth as a good spot for victory in 2014.
The world number 18 will get plenty of inspiration from his playing partners Henrik Stenson and Luke Donald, who make the South African’s three-ball a featured group this week. Donald won the European Tour’s PGA Championship in 2011 and successfully defended the title in 2012.
Schwartzel did not compete at Wentworth last year, but he did tie for 18th in 2012 after shooting a final-round 67. In 2010 he tied for 17th, but it was 2009 that yielded his best result at the event – a share of sixth on nine-under-par.
This season he has produced top results on the European Tour and ranks eighth in the Race to Dubai. The trip to Wentworth Club comes with a €4,75-million prize pool and the chance to rise in the earnings.
It’s a good time to be in form, which the 29-year-old is. Last week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship he made consecutive 67s from Friday to Sunday for a share of 11th place. It was a welcome return to contention.
But the main aim for Schwartzel is to win a big tournament. He’s been quiet for a while and it’s time for the Vereeniging local to remind the golfing world just how good he really is. The stage is set, the three-ball couldn’t be better and he’s is ready to succeed.