The 2011 Masters champion is one of the hottest putters in golf, and Royal Lytham and St. Annes could see the lanky 27-year-old from Vereeniging claim another golf major.
At the Joburg Open earlier this year Schwartzel said: “I like the pressure. I enjoy the crowds and I think the pressure makes me play better, which I think is different from a lot of other golfers.” And there will be plenty of pressure this year.
Joining 13 fellow South Africans in the field, Schwartzel will aim to reclaim his spot as the top-ranked South African. His main goal for the week, however, will be to get his hands on the Claret Jug.
With 13 professional victories and six top-20 finished in majors, Schwartzel is at the top of the game. While Links golf might be an adjustment for him, he clearly adapts well, and at the last two Open Championships finished tied14th and tied 16th, respectively.