Major focus for Schwartzel

2012-11-13 21:00
Charl Schwartzel (AFP)
Ekurhuleni - Charl Schwartzel has prepared for this week’s South African Open exactly the same way as he did for the 2011 Masters.

Schwartzel said the key to his 2011 Masters win was understanding Augusta’s greens, and he feels the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate course will require the same if he’s to win his national Open this week.

“I’ve prepared for this the way I prepare for majors,” Schwartzel said on Tuesday.

“This is one of those golf courses that you cannot play enough, and purely because of the greens. It’s similar to Augusta. You need to play Augusta a lot to understand those greens. Here, you need to be able to stand on the fairways and know pretty much every slope on that green.”

Schwartzel has certainly done his homework for this week, having already played several practice rounds here. And it showed in his pro-am round on Tuesday. “I think I shot about six under today,” he said.

European Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer also believes the Serengeti greens hold the key to victory this week.

“You really have to place the ball in certain areas in order to have a good chance to make birdie. But the rough is also very thick, so you have to keep it on the fairway,” he said.

But the biggest surprise for Kaymer on Tuesday had nothing to do with the golf course. “I can’t believe how popular I am here,” he said. “A lot of people have been shaking my hand and welcoming me to South Africa. I’m surprised because that doesn’t happen very often to me. It’s nice to get welcomed like this.”

Branden Grace is back in South Africa after a phenomenal season on the European Tour, where he won four times. And he’s equally interested in seeing the kind of reception he gets from the local fans.

“I’ve really been looking forward to this. If you’re a South African golfer, this is the one tournament you want to win. This is our main event of the year and our biggest in South Africa. It’s a good opportunity to get your name in the history books. And I’m looking forward to the first round. I don’t really know what to expect and who will be coming out to watch.”

The tournament tees off on Thursday.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Which of the 8 SA golfers at this year's US Open will fare best?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.