“I thought I played it really well,” said Schwartzel. “In a way I felt like I gave myself a whole bunch of chances and I stuffed up a few of them and I ground a few.”
The Vereeniging farmer grew up playing at Maccauvlei Golf Club, but that was a distant memory as he looked to the final round at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
“You know, seems like the more expectations the worse you play. So might as well not have any expectations and just go out and play and see what happens,” he said.
Before his Sunday considerations the 29-year-old carved up the course with a third-round 67 and moved into a six-way share of fifth along with Jordan Spieth.
“There's always a bit of give and take,” said Schwartzel. “I missed some short early birdie putts. And I think the thing was bouncing back and banging on the next. I think that's key normally, otherwise it can really break your momentum.”
At the top and doing his best to run away with it was Watson. A 69 on Saturday marked his third sub-70 round of the week and helped the 2012 and 2014 Masters champion to retain the sole lead.
“I think when you first win, you think you're a hero. You think‑‑ you put more pressure on yourself to be great, I guess you'd say. Now I’m just trying to play golf. I'm having fun out here, and that's where I need to be,” he said.