Masters

Schwartzel's dad stays awake

2011-04-11 16:34
Charl Schwartzel (File)
Johannesburg - It was nearly 01:00 in South Africa when Charl Schwartzel sealed his first major title with a birdie on the last hole at the Masters.

Back home on the family farm, Charl's father George watched every moment.

That's a big change for a man who describes himself as "a nervous wreck" every time his son plays, and who has previously gone to sleep to avoid the agonising tension.

The elder Schwartzel took a sleeping pill and went to bed when Charl finished second at the WGC-Cadillac Championship last year.

At the 2005 Alfred Dunhill Championship, he napped under a tree on the course - and missed Charl's first European Tour title.

This time dad was wide awake, saying on Monday: "I was going to take another pill but my wife wouldn't let me. We watched it all."

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