Will be etched in major championship folklore as the only player to finish a major with four birdies to win, did that in his two-shot victory at the Masters in April of 2011. Became the first Masters winner to birdie the final four holes, and the first to play the final four holes in 4-under since Jack Nicklaus did so 25 years earlier in 1986. Becomes the seventh major championship winner from South Africa and the third to win the Masters. Many will think his win is a coincidence that he would follow fellow countryman Gary Player exactly to the day 50 years later with another South African win. Player was the first international winner of the Masters in 1961.
Entered the final round four strokes behind Rory McIlroy and then turned in the largest come-from-behind win at the Masters since Nick Faldo came from six down to defeat Greg Norman in 1996, coming out on top on a day where as many as five players shared the lead at one point. Is just the second champion in the last 21 years to win the Masters without playing in the final pairing, joining Zach Johnson in 2007. Winning score of 14-under 274 is the lowest by an international champion at the Masters and equals the sixth lowest of all time.
Had a stellar 2010, winning the first two events of the year, the Africa Open and the Joburg Open. Successfully defended his title in the latter a year later, winning by four shots. Only the second player to win three consecutive Sunshine Tour Order of Merit titles between 2005 (the year he won his first European Tour title, the Dunhill Championship on home soil) and 2007, he continues a fine family tradition of golfers as his father, George, was a useful 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. 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. Became the then third-youngest player to secure his European Tour card through the Qualifying School at the age of 18 years and 81 days. Joined the PGA Tour in 2011 based on his non-member earnings in 2010.
Has earned his private pilot's licence. Enjoys hunting and cars.
PGA Tour Victories
1 - 2011 Masters
PGA European Tour Victories
7 - 2011 Masters, Joburg Open; 2010 Joburg Open, Africa Open; 2008 Madrid Masters; 2007 Open de Espana; 2005 Alfred Dunhill Championship
Other Victories: Sunshine Tour Win: 1 - 2006 Vodacome Tour Championship.