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How Grace's new baby reignited Schwartzel's game

2018-05-02 14:13
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Charl Schwartzel (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Branden Grace's new bundle of joy might've reignited his fellow compatriot Charl Schwartzel's game.

Grace and his wife Nieke welcomed a baby boy, Roger, into the world last week, which saw the 29-year-old pull out of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

According to Golf Digest, Grace's partner Louis Oosthuizen needed to find a new man and contacted Schwartzel to see if he was willing to play.

Schwartzel agreed and the two walked out together and were introduced together with the Lion King's Hakuna Matata blaring through the speakers at TPC Louisiana.

Prior to the Zurich Classic, the 2011 Masters champion had been struggling with his game by missing the cut in three of his last four PGA Tour events. He also failed to make the cut at last month's Masters at Augusta National.

Schwartzel's best finish this year thus far came on the European Tour at the South African Open when he finished tied for 15th.

At the Zurich Classic this past weekend, the South African duo surged up the leaderboard and shot a four-under 68 in the final round to finish third at 20-under - two shots behind winners Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy.

Schwartzel is among seven South Africans (Oosthuizen, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Dylan Frittelli and Rory Sabbatini) in the field at this week's Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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