Charl Schwartzel (@CA_Schwartzel) closed out the roller-coaster ride that was the PGA Championship with one of the most satisfying birdies of his career, finishing nine-under-par in a share of 15th behind a victorious Rory McIlroy.
His round had two bogeys and seven birdies, the last of which came on the par-five 18th after he had erred off the tee. “It’s probably one of the better birdies I've made in my golfing career,” he said afterwards.
“It’s probably not going to count for much today. But I pushed it into the water, and I had 247 with elevation up, and so it played about 257. Hit a five-wood – it came out absolutely perfect and hopped to the back pin and I made the putt. It was a really nice way to finish considering the way that I played early on in the round,” he added.
And while he wasn’t able to get into contention for the title, he made some progress with his game – and even changed putters on the way to making a run at some good results for the final quarter of the year a distinct possibility.
“I played fairly well the whole tournament, actually,” he said. “I had real putting issues in rounds two and three and probably killed my chances of winning, but I definitely played good enough to win or at least contend.
I changed putters this morning and my putting was a whole lot better today. So I got myself to five-under through 11 holes, and I figured if I could get another three or four out of it, I could hang around. But it wasn’t to be. But I’m still happy with the decent way that I played.”