Charl Shwartzel moved a country and instantly became a household name by winning the 2011 Masters championship yesterday.
I was watching and unfortunately went to sleep about an hour before the final stroke. Shwartzel birdied the final four holes to crack in an amazing -14 to win the title.
Eight different players took the lead on Sunday at the Masters.
Here’s a quick little quote from a well written story over at ESPN:
Never before has the green jacket gone to a player who finished in such fashion, a stunning end to an incredible day at the 75th playing of the year’s first major championship.
The quiet, unassuming Schwartzel, 26, knocked in a chip shot for a birdie at the first, holed a wedge shot for an eagle at the third, then played steady golf through a pulsating day that then saw him roar to the end with birdies at the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes and a final-round 66.
In the process, the South African passed the likes of Tiger Woods and Australians Adam Scott and Jason Day on the leaderboard, and was the unlikely winner of a major championship he was playing for just the second time.
“As always, it happens on the back nine on Sunday, just like you dreamt it,” said Schwartzel’s caddie, Greg Hearmon.
There is a great video on the ESPN story if you missed the event.
Apparently Shwartzel is the second Els Foundation graduate to win a major tournament in the last 3 major tournaments played.
Very nice Ernie, very nice.
Congratulations goes to Charl, you make us proud.
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