Monday Musings: The Power of the Schwartz


David W. Leindecker /

While most of the golf world’s eyes were on Sydney last week, a little bit of history was made 6,746 miles west of Australia.

Charl Schwartzel cruised to a four-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship to become the first South African to win a European Tour event four times.  He also became the third South African behind Ernie Els and Retief Goosen to win 10 European Tour titles.

Not a bad week for the 31-year old from Johannesburg who celebrated his first Euro Tour victory in more than two years with a huge exhale.

“I wish we could play some majors here,” Schwartzel said.

Shoot, we can’t blame him!

He’s undoubtedly the top cat at Leopard Creek Country Club – site of the Alfred Dunhill – piling up four victories and four more runner-ups.  More so, seven of Schwartzel’s 10 victories have come in his native South Africa. 

And speaking of majors, remember his historic closing stretch at the 2011 Masters?!  He became the first Masters champion to birdie the final four holes of the final round. 

Believe in the power of the Schwartz!