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Charl Schwartzel

South AfricaSouth Africa

Start Position
23
Current Position
To Par: -4
Total Strokes: 73 - 69 - 72 - 70 : 284
T41   T18
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Updated: Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 06:58 PM
  • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Residence: Verceeniging, South Africa
  • Age: 25
  • Turned Pro: 2002
  • Eligibility Code: 8

Winner of four European Tour titles and only the second player to win three consecutive Sunshine Tour Order of Merit titles between 2005 and 2007. Continues a fine family tradition of golfers as his father, George, was fine amateur before turning professional and his brother, Adrian, who caddies for his older sibling on occasions, is also making a name for himself on the South African circuit. Claimed his third European Tour title when he overcame illness to win the inaugural Madrid Masters in 2008, having considered withdrawing before the second round due to a virus and a shoulder injury. A phone call to his father changed his mind and the rest is history. It was his second victory in the Spanish capital following his victory in the 2007 Open de España at the Centro Nacional de Golf. His first European Tour victory came at the 2005 Dunhill Championship in his native South Africa. That was the first of three second places that year which helped him finish 18th on the Order of Merit – his highest placing to date. Became the then third youngest player to secure his European Tour card through the Qualifying School when, at the age of 18 years and 81 days, he claimed 24th place in 2002 after a promising amateur career. Has started flying and achieved his Private Pilot License.