Charl Schwartzel has spent the last few months enjoying time with his baby daughter, but this week it’s back to business for the 2011 Masters champion as he leaves the family to compete at the ISPS Handa Perth International.
“It always clears your mind to go home for a while. It gives you that feeling of wanting to go and play again, at the end of the day it gives you a better chance of playing well,” he said.
The 30-year-old leaves the farm in Vereeniging for Lake Karrinyup Country Club, where he’ll tee up as the top-ranked player in the field. His history at the course is not superb and that’s what he aims to change.
“I’m excited to be back here in Perth. I was here in 2012 and I really liked it, even though I didn’t play very well. I’ve been looking forward to coming back since the middle of the year. I like the course, which is really challenging when it gets windy,” he said.
The seven-time Sunshine Tour winner left the family behind to bring home some bacon and his attempts to win begin in Perth this week. Schwartzel’s ranking of 24th in the world will not satiate his hunger for a victory in 2014.
“I’m getting a full night’s sleep right now, which is nice. She’s seven months old and I’m absolutely loving it. I’ll be missing them over the next few weeks, but they’ll meet me in Dubai. I’ve got four weeks on my ace, and I’ll really miss them.
“I had a good stretch in the beginning of the year and then again before the FedExCup. The fields get deeper and deeper each year, so finishing in the top 20 is pretty good, but it gets overshadowed by the winner, who becomes the hero. I prefer spending my time on the victory stand,” he said.