- DOB: 31/08/1984
- Born: Johannesburg, South Africa
- Height: 5ft 11in
Last Updated: 07/03/12 11:41am
Before he made his Masters debut in 2010, Schwartzel had the honour of being given a hole-by-hole run-through of how to play Augusta National by none other than six-time Green Jacket winner Jack Nicklaus.
The lessons from that impromptu dinner table discussion clearly had an impact after the young South African produced the most startling finish in Masters history to take victory in 2011.
The tournament seemed destined for a multi-man play-off with so many top names in contention but, like a fast-finishing thoroughbred, Schwartzel separated himself from the field with birdies at each of the last four holes to win by two.
A super-sharp short game and an inner steel often prevalent in young South Africans who leave for the European Tour at a young age made Schwartzel such a formidable opponent and he also drew inspiration from watching his childhood friend Louis Oosthuizen win the previous year's Open at St Andrews.
Schwartzel also recorded career best finishes in the US Open and USPGA in his memorable 2011 season while a solid tied 16th in The Open at Royal St. George's meant he won the majors cup - the trophy for shooting the lowest aggregate score across all four majors (his tally was 10 better than Steve Stricker in second).
A hectic end to 2011 saw Schwartzel play all around the world and finish as joint-top scorer for the Internationals in their Presidents Cup defeat to the USA in Australia.
The lack of a break seemed to hamper him at the start of 2012 but, after finally taking some time off, he looks ready to shine again after a solid top five finish in the Honda Classic.
Only three players (Nicklaus, Faldo and Woods) have ever won back-to-back Masters so history is against Schwartzel joining that elite group but if he can handle the added attention he has the game and temperament to challenge again both this year and for years to come.