11 Things You Didn't Know About Charl Schwartzel

Get to know the 2011 Masters champion a little bit better

Schwartzel hits a shot
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11 Things You Didn't Know About Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel was the next in a long line of talented South African golfers to emerge in the early 2000s, following in the footsteps of the likes of Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

After establishing himself on the European Tour, he spent the best part of 15 years as a permanent fixture in the world's top 100. However, more recently, his form has dipped, largely due to a wrist injury he's battled for the past few years.

With multiple worldwide wins under his belt, including the 2011 Masters, get to know him a bit better here.

11 Things You Didn't Know About Charl Schwartzel

1. Schwartzel was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 31, 1984

2. At the age of 18, he turned pro in 2002, having enjoyed a very successful amateur career

3. Following in the footsteps of his countrymen, he gained membership onto the European Tour late in '02, becoming the second-youngest South African to do so after Dale Hayes

4. He has won 15 times as a professional

5. Schwartzel got his first win at the co-sanctioned Dunhill Championship in December 2004

6. He became just the third South African to win the Masters in 2011, joining Trevor Immelman in 2008 and three-time champion Gary Player, who became the first international Masters champion 50 years prior

Schwartzel celebrating his birdie at the 72nd hole of the 2011 Masters

7. Schwartzel achieved something no other Masters winner had before, or has since, when he birdied the final four holes on Sunday en route to his two-shot victory

8. He won the Masters tournament in just his second appearance

9. He reached a career-high world ranking of sixth after finishing in a tie for fourth at the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship

10. The South African has represented the International Team in the Presidents Cup on four occasions - 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017

11. Outside of golf, Schwartzel owns a farm in South Africa and enjoys water sports, skiing and clay pigeon shooting

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x