Charl Schwartzel finished second at The Players Championship in early May. Photo: Peter Casey/USA Today Sports

OHIO, United States – South Africa's Charl Schwartzel will be aiming to turn in a strong performance at the Memorial Tournament, in Ohio, on the PGA Tour starting on Thursday.

While a win or a top-10 finish has eluded Schwartzel at the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour up to now, his current form and the aim to maintain that until the US Open in a few weeks’ time makes him a genuine threat when he tees off in Ohio this week.

Teaming up with compatriot Louis Oosthuizen at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans where they finished third seemed to have rejuvenated the 2011 Masters champion because before then, he had missed the cut at the Masters and again the next week at the RCB Heritage.

“Yeah, I started playing well there,” he said of that result in New Orleans after the Players Championship where he came second. “It’s been feeling good for about a month, two months now.

"It just hasn’t sort of kicked in. But yeah, I think playing with Louis freed me up a bit, and I’ve got good feelings. You know, just started playing really nice. I feel like I’m playing the way I should play.”

Before the Players Championship, Schwartzel finished in a share of ninth at the Wells Fargo Championship and for all onlookers, it was obvious that Schwartzel’s form was peaking timeously ahead of the second major of the year.

He didn’t play the last two events on the PGA Tour and he now sets his sights on Muirfield Village Golf Club seeking to improve the share of 35th he claimed there last year, and to fine-tune whatever little detail he may be unhappy with about his game ahead of the trip to Shinnecock in a fortnight.

While last year’s results were not exactly what he’d hoped for, Schwartzel will be encouraged by the memories of the share of 11th in 2016, or better yet, the share of eighth he walked away with in 2014. And, while he will not want to dwell too much on the missed cut in 2015, surely, he will have picked up valuable lessons from that ill-fated two days of golf.

Also of some motivation for Schwartzel will be the realisation that his countrymen, Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, are also picking up good form ahead of the US Open. Grace’s fifth-place finish last week at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship follows on the share of third a week earlier at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Oosthuizen, meanwhile, earned a share of fifth in Texas last week while the share of third he notched up with Schwartzel, the share of 12th at the Masters as well as that share of ninth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Matchplay preceded back-to-back missed cuts at the Wells Fargo and The Players Championships respectively.

African News Agency (ANA)

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