JOHANNESBURG – It's been a disappointing 2018 for Charl Schwartzel but if the former Masters champion gets it going this week he could pull off one of the most significant wins of his career when the SA Open tees off at Randpark tomorrow.
Schwartzel’s world ranking has plummeted to 85th and he hasn’t won in two seasons, his last wins coming in 2016 at the Tshwane Open, the Alfred Dunhill Championship - which he also win in 2013 and 2014 - and the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour.
But the 2011 Masters winner shot a scintillating nine-under-par 62 on the Firethorn course at Randpark in the pro-am yesterday and said afterwards his game is in great shape.
“My game actually feels as good as ever,” said the 34-year-old who is chasing a first SA Open title. “I’m obviously lacking confidence at the moment and maybe expecting too much,” he added.
“There have been two or three good rounds this year, but then I’ve also struggled somewhere. It’s difficult to put my finger on what’s wrong. On the range and in practice rounds everything’s great... the way I’m hitting it, the control, everything. But then you’ve got this little thing called ‘golf’, where you need to put a score on the board. And that’s where we are judged, and rightly so, but I’m struggling to control those results.”