Who's who: Charl Schwartzel

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Who's who: Charl Schwartzel

  • Name:

    Charl Adriaan Schwartzel
  • Country:

    South Africa
  • Born:

    Aug 31, 1984 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, S Africa.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2002 (aged 18)
  • Website:

    https://www.charlschwartzel.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): Masters Tournament (2011). Presidents Cup player (2011, '13, '15, '17). Multiple wins on the European, US PGA, Asian and Sunshine Tours. Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner (2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2010).

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In addition to winning the 2011 Masters Tournament, Schwartzel enjoyed notable victories on the European Tour (11) and PGA Tour (2), as well as recording several other international tour wins. In 2022, aged 37, he was enticed onto Greg Norman's "rebel" LIV Golf series, alongside a few other well-known but mainly "ageing" golf stars, and an abundance of lower-ranked "unknowns".

Ranked No. 126 in the world, he won the inaugural LIV Golf event at the private Centurion Club north of London, collecting the $4 million first prize in the process (and a quarter-share of the $3 million first-place team prize). (LIV Golf is a Saudi Arabian-bankrolled breakaway rival to the main international tours. It is based on limited-field 54-hole events, with massive prize funds, guaranteed payouts and, for some, eye-watering signing-on bonuses).

Top tournaments won by Charl Schwartzel

2022
Europe
203 (-7)
US$4 million
LIV Golf

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

203 (-7)

Prize money

US$4 million

Title sponsor

LIV Golf

Played as the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series (London) (June 9-11; LIV Golf event; 54-hole 48-player no-cut individual event, and accompanying four-player team event). [Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire].
Individual event: Second-placed Hennie Du Plessis (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Charl Schwartzel (RSA). World ranked No.126 Schwartzel scooped the $4 million first prize and world No.133 Du Plessis the $2,125,000 second prize ... vast payouts for a rather modest field!
Team event: second-placed Crushers team (Peter Uihlein, Richard Bland, Phachara Khongwatmai & Travis Smyth) finished 14 shots behind the Stingers (Louis Oosthuizen, Hennie Du Plessis, Charl Schwartzel & Branden Grace), who shared the $3 million team first prize.
Note: the first of eight 2022 "Invitational Series" events run by Greg Norman's Saudi Arabian-bankrolled LIV Golf company ... a rival series of events to those staged by the world's established men's golf tours. LIV are the roman numerals for 54, the number of holes in each LIV Golf event).

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

277 (-7)

Prize money

$1,098,000

Title sponsor

Valspar

Played as the Valspar Championship (March 10-13). Charl Schwartzel (RSA) beat Bill Haas (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th), to record his second PGA Tour win. [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].

2016
Africa
264 (-16)
€163,687
x

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

264 (-16)

Prize money

€163,687

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tshwane Open (Feb 11-14; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed Jeff Winther (Den) finished 8 shots behind Charl Schwartzel (RSA). [Pretoria CC, Waterkloof, Gauteng, RSA].

2015
Africa
273 (-15)
€237,750
Alfred Dunhill

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

€237,750

Title sponsor

Alfred Dunhill

Played as the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Nov 26-29; European/Sunshine Trs event; European Tr 2016 season opener played in 2015). Second-placed Grégory Bourdy (Fra) finished 4 shots behind Charl Schwartzel (RSA), who recorded his fourth win in this event. [Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, Mpumalanga, RSA].

2013
Awards
69.63
n/a
Eurpn Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Venue

Score

69.63

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Eurpn Tr

Schwartzel (RSA) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Henrik Stenson (Swe) was second with 69.72; Ross Fisher (Eng) was third with 69.83.

2013
Africa
271 (-17)
€237,750
Alfred Dunhill

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

€237,750

Title sponsor

Alfred Dunhill

Played as the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Nov 28-Dec 1; European/Sunshine Trs event; European Tr 2014 season). Second-placed Richard Finch (Eng) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Charl Schwartzel (RSA). [Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, Mpumalanga, RSA].

2013
Asia
279 (-9)
US$180,000
Nanshan

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

US$180,000

Title sponsor

Nanshan

Played as the Nanshan China Masters (Oct 10-13; OneAsia Tr event). Second-placed Darren Clarke (N. Ire) and defending champion Wen-chong Liang (S Kor) and finished 1 shot behind Schwartzel (RSA). [Montgomerie course, Nanshan Donghai (West) GC, Longkou, Shandong Peninsula, China].

2012
Africa
264 (-24)
€237,750
Alfred Dunhill

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

264 (-24)

Prize money

€237,750

Title sponsor

Alfred Dunhill

Played as the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 13-16; European/Sunshine Trs event; European Tr 2013 season). Second-placed Kristoffer Broberg (Swe) finished 12 shots behind Charl Schwartzel (RSA), whose winning margin eclipsed the 11-shot winning margin he recorded a week earlier in Thailand. [Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, Mpumalanga, RSA].

2012
Asia
263 (-25)
US$158,500
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

263 (-25)

Prize money

US$158,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Thailand Golf Championship (Dec 6-9; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Bubba Watson (USA) and Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Thai) finished 11 shots behind runaway winner Schwartzel (RSA), who claimed his first Asian Tour win. [Amata Spring CC, Bangkok, Thailand].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

265 (-19)

Prize money

€206,050

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Joburg Open (Jan 13-16; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed Garth Mulroy (RSA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Charl Schwartzel (RSA). [East course, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, RSA. Earlier rounds on East & West courses].

2011
Majors
274 (-14)
$1,440,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$1,440,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (75th) (April 7-10). Second-placed Jason Day (Aus) and Adam Scott (Aus) finished 2 shots behind first-time major championship winner Schwartzel (RSA). [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

2010
Awards
R5,097,913
see Score
Sunshine Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Venue

Score

R5,097,913

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Sunshine Tr

2010 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won for the fourth time in his career by Schwartzel (RSA) with season earnings of R5,097,913. Thomas Aitken (RSA) was second with R1,959,542; Keith Horne (RSA) was third with R1,904,949.

2010
Africa
272 (-20)
€158,500
x

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

272 (-20)

Prize money

€158,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Africa Open (Jan 7-10; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed Thomas Aiken (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Charl Schwartzel (RSA). [East London GC, Eastern Cape, RSA].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

261 (-23)

Prize money

€206,050

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Joburg Open (Jan 14-17; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed Darren Clarke (N.Ire) and Keith Horne (RSA) finished 6 shots behind Charl Schwartzel (RSA), who won for the second straight week. [East course, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, RSA. Earlier rounds on East & West courses].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

265 (-19)

Prize money

€166,660

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Madrid Masters (Oct 9-12). Second-placed Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) finished 3 shots behind Schwartzel (RSA). [Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain]. [Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain].

2007
Europe
272 (-16)
€333,330
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

€333,330

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Open de Espana (April 26-29). Second-placed Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) finished 1 shot behind Schwartzel (RSA). [Centro Nacional de Golf, Madrid, Spain].

2006
Awards
R1,585,117
see Score
Sunshine Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Venue

Score

R1,585,117

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Sunshine Tr

2006/07 Sunshine Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won for the third straight time by Schwartzel (RSA) with season earnings of R1,585,117. Louis Oosterhuizen (RSA) was second with R1,314,739; Hennie Otto (RSA) was third with R1,274,339. Ernie Els (RSA) was the Tour's leading money winner with R1,734,659, and Alvaro Quiros (Esp) won R1,497,033, but both did not play the minimum five tournaments to be ranked in the Order of Merit.

2005
Awards
R1,207,459
see Score
Sunshine Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Venue

Score

R1,207,459

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Sunshine Tr

2005/06 Sunshine Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won for the second straight time by Schwartzel (RSA) with season earnings of R1,207,459. Gregory Bourdy (Fra) was second with R936,394; Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) was third with R842,091.

2004
Awards
R1,635,850
see Score
Sunshine Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Venue

Score

R1,635,850

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Sunshine Tr

2004/05 Sunshine Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won by Schwartzel (RSA) with season earnings of R1,635,850. Neil Cheetham (Eng) was second with R732,962; Warren Abery (RSA) was third with R704,836.

2004
Africa
281 (-7)
€120,576
Alfred Dunhill

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Schwartzel, Charl

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

€120,576

Title sponsor

Alfred Dunhill

Played as the Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12; European/Sunshine Trs event; European Tr 2005 season). 19-year-old Charl Schwartzel (RSA) beat Neil Cheetham (Eng) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record his first European Tour win. [Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, Mpumalanga, RSA].

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