Charl Schwartzel red-hot favourite for Joburg Open in South Africa

Last Updated: 06/02/13 3:58pm

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Charl Schwartzel: Hoping to win this event for the third time

Charl Schwartzel: Hoping to win this event for the third time

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Charl Schwartzel hopes he can find the blistering form he showed at the end of 2012 when he makes his seasonal debut at this week's Joburg Open.

The 2011 US Masters champion finished last year in spectacular fashion, winning the Thailand Championship by 11 shots and then the Alfred Dunhill Championship on home soil by 12.

That was the 28-year-old South African's second victory at Leopard Creek and now he tries for his third in four years in the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington.

"I'm feeling really nice and refreshed after a long (seven-week) break and looking forward to competing again," Schwartzel said on his website.

"My game feels good. I've being practising and trying to get my game as sharp as it was at the end of last year.

"It's a course I played lots as a junior and amateur and I've had a lot of success there as a pro. It's always nice to play a European Tour event at a golf course where you feel so comfortable and in front of your home crowd."

Given he is 49 under par for his last tournament rounds - and that after coming fifth, third and second in his three previous events - it would be easy for the world number 18 to set his sights on more majors and a place in the game's top five for the first time.

But he said: "I try not to set goals as such. That might sound strange, but creating expectations puts unnecessary pressure on you.

"You already know what you want at the back of your mind, but you can't force the issue.

"I can only control the present - try to hit every shot the best I can, try to hit every fairway, try to hit the greens, try to make every putt. Just by playing well, winning takes care of itself."

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