10 - 13 April

Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel: Looking for his second major

Charl Schwartzel: Looking for his second major

Schwartzel turned bag of obvious promise into a major victory when he produced a stunning birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie finish to win the 2011 Masters when the tournament looked set for a multi-man play-off.

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).

It was always going to be hard to follow that in 2012 and the pressures of defending the Green Jacket (only Nicklaus, Faldo and Woods have managed it) proved beyond him as he finished down in 50th.

He struggled, relatively, for most of that campaign but then came alive in spectacular fashion at the end of the year. First he won the Thailand Golf Championship by 11 shots - his first victory since his Masters triumph - and, amazingly, bettered it the following week by recording a 12-shot win in the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship.

A near-miss on his debut at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in February was another classy performance and only a cold putter stopped him winning mid-May's Byron Nelson Classic.

His US Open record shows five cuts made out of six with a best of tied ninth at Congressional in 2011 while he's made the weekend in 13 of his last 14 majors.

Charl's Vital Stats

  • DOB: 31/08/1984
  • Nationality: South Africa
  • Height: 5ft 11