Charl set for top 10 return

Charl Schwartzel will be set for a return to the top 10 in the World Ranking if he continues to play the type of golf that took him to a share of seventh during round three of the Honda Classic.

“Today was definitely by far the hardest day we have had out of the three days. I got off to a flying start, hit the ball beautifully, made some good putts,” he said.

On Saturday the Masters Champion carded a superb 67 at the exceptionally tough PGA National to head into the final round five strokes shy of leader Rory McIlroy.

After a deflated 71 on day one, Schwartzel bounced back and shot an immaculate 66 on day two and, at three-under, headed to the weekend in a share of 18th.

But that was clearly not enough for the 27-year-old, who moved a further three below par, despite a double-drop at the par-four 11th. “I’ve been playing so good the whole week. The only downside are my doubles. I’ve made a few big numbers but I’m making the birdies,” he said.

The wind picked up on Saturday, but Schwartzel continued to play solid golf. “It (the wind) was strong. It was one thing to get the ball on the putting surface and it was another to actually putt. I felt it was moving me around a little bit on the greens. It was tough. It was a big challenge coming in,” he said.

Despite windy conditions and McIlroy sitting pretty at 11-under, Schwartzel had victory on his mind, and the young Northern Irishman must once again watch his back for that all-too-familiar South African. “I’ll go out there and probably going to have to shoot 5 under par or something to be in with a chance,” said Schwartzel.

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