SA players in the Open: Charl Schwartzel

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.

  • Open Championship record: 2003 MC, 2005 MC, 2006 T22nd, 2007 MC, 2009 MC, 2010 T14th, 2011 T16th
  • Major record: The Masters 2010 T30th, 2011 1st, The US Open 2006 T48th, 2007 T30th, 2010 T16th, 2011 T9th, 2012 T38th The PGA Championship 2008 T52nd, 2009 T43rd, 2010 T18th, 2011 T12th
  • Sunshine Tour record: 5 wins
  • European Tour record: 7 wins

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