Charl Schwartzel


It's the second consecutive year that a young, relatively unknown South African golfer has won a major championship. Following in the footsteps of Louis Oosthuizen, who last year won the 2010 British Open, 26-year-old Charl Schwartzel came away with the coveted green jacket at Augusta in April 2011. The two golfers were close friends growing up and Oosthuizen's victory last year inspired Schwartzel to believe he could also win a major. Boy, did he pick a good one. His victory at the Masters came almost 50 years to the day since fellow South African Gary Player became the first foreign player to win the American tournament. It must have been Schwartzel's unassuming temperament, moulded by his farm-boy upbringing, that kicked in when he entered the final four holes and became the first person to win the tournament by scoring four straight birdies. � Eric Axelrod

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