Residence: Verceeniging, South Africa
Charl had a dominant junior amateur career in South Africa. Having won some amateur events overseas Charl played for his country in the 2002 Eisenhower Trophy. He then turned professional at the age of 18, and following the path of many other leading South African players he qualified for the European Tour later that year as the second youngest South African golfer to do so after Dale Hayes.
Victory at the Dunhill Championship in South Africa helped Charl secure his first major honour as a professional - first place on the Sunshine Tour's Order of Merit. In 2005 he finished 52nd on the European Tour's Order of Merit, and in 2005-06 he again topped the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit. His win at the season ending Vodacom Tour Championship took him into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time.
Charl Schwartzel has had a cracking start to 2007, winning the Spanish Open at the National Golf Course near Madrid at the end of April. This is the South African’s second European Tour title - his first was in the 2005 Dunhill Championship in South Africa. The £225,000 cheque moved him to sixth on The European Tour Order of Merit - and into the top 50 on the Official World Golf Rankings. He took first place on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit for the third consecutive year in 2007. He attributed part of his win to having Ricci Roberts on his bag – Ernie Els’ caddie for the past 16 years.
Charl clinched his third European Tour title with a fine victory at the Madrid Masters in 2008. Despite battling illness all week he rallied towards the end of the 2008 season to finish inside the Order of Merit Top 30. Earlier in the season Charl has notched up 7 top-10 finishes including a 3rd place finish at the Qatar Masters.
Charl Schwartzel Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Charl Schwartzel throughout his career
Charl Schwartzel Tournament History
2006 World Golf Championship - American Express Championship
28 September-1 October - American Express WGC - The Grove. From the Ryder Cup matches at the K Club in Ireland, many of the world’s best players headed across the Irish Sea to The Grove in Hertfordshire for the UK leg of the World Golf Championships. With an incredible 23 under par total, Tiger Woods demolished the field to take an astonishing 12th win out of 22 WGC events. Tiger left runners-up Ian Poulter and Adam Scott a very distant eight shots behind. The World Golf Championships are played over five continents – and feature the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Rankings along with top finishers on the money lists of six Tours comprising the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Australasian Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Asian Tour and Southern Africa Tour). The formats vary - match play, strokeplay and team - but the purses are always big. On this occasion, Tiger walked away (or rather flew away in his private jet) with over 1 million Euros. Hardly worth turning up was it?!
In Charl Schwartzel's bag...Charl's Callaway X-Tour irons can clearly be seen. We can't see under the headcovers but according to the Callaway website, what lurks beneath are are 15 degree Callaway X Fairway wood, a 9.5 degree Callaway FT-3 driver and an Odyssey White Hot XG Marxman blade.
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