Charl Schwartzel Wins 2011 Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. — What Charl Schwartzel lacks in charisma, he certainly makes up for in chutzpah. Roars reverberating through the pines, putts dropping from every corner of Augusta National, more accomplished golfers making charges … and all Schwartzel did was birdie the final four holes.
To win the Masters.
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.
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.