Cape Town - It is with much regret that Charl Schwartzel’s
management team on Thursday announced that he has had to withdraw from the SA
Open proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni, which will take place at
Glendower Golf Club from January 7-10.
By all accounts, the Schwartzel family has had a
wretched festive season, with Charl and most of his extended family having been
afflicted with a particularly nasty stomach virus, which has seen several trips
to hospital for treatment.
Schwartzel himself has been in and out of hospital for
rehydration treatment and, while he is on the road to a full recovery, it is
clear that he will not be fit enough to participate in the first tournament of
the year and will aim to return at the following week’s 10th Joburg Open.
Speaking from his home in Johannesburg, Schwartzel said, “I
am hugely disappointed to be missing out on the SA Open. Everybody knows how
keen I am to win our national Open and, having come so close the last couple of
years and following my good form at Leopard Creek, I was really looking forward
to contending at Glendower. I look forward to being strong and healthy in time
for the Joburg Open the following week, however.”