Category: Charl Schwartzel

July 18, 2013

Video: Watch Charl Schwartzel snap his six-iron in half at British Open

Posted at 2:36 PM by Coleman McDowell


This will look mighty familiar to many amateur golfers out there.

After an errant shot from the rough on No. 15 at Muirfield, Charl Schwartzel tomahawked the offending six-iron into the ground where it promptly snapped in half.

The 2011 Masters champ had an up-and-down day before reaching the 15th hole: four bogeys, three birdies and a double. He took another double-bogey on the 15th and wenr on to finish with a four-over 75.

Hey, it happens to the best of us.

(GIF via SBNation)

April 05, 2013

Past champs pick Tiger to win the 2013 Masters in Poll

Posted at 4:31 PM by Mark Dee


Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, the first of this three wins in 2013 (Robert Beck/SI).

With Tiger Woods coming in as a 3-to-1 favorite to win next week's Masters, the betting public is pretty confident Tiger is back and prowling.

But Vegas sharps aren't the only people bullish on the four-time champ's chances of adding a fifth green jacket to his wardrobe. Some guys who own a few of their own like Tiger's odds as well.

In a poll of past Masters champions, nine out of 10 respondents picked Tiger Woods to take home hardware come Sunday evening, although Arnold Palmer hedged a bit, saying he'd take the field over Woods.

The one dissenter? 2009 winner Angel Cabrera. He chose himself ("Me!!").

Here's what some of the pros -- including a few legends -- had to say about their pick:

Gary Player: "Most people will not argue with Tiger Woods as the overwhelming favourite to win the Masters.  Tiger is off to a great start this year with tons of momentum going into this year’s tournament. Plus, he is a phenomenal putter and to win at Augusta you have to putt well.  Other favourites include Phil Mickleson, and Rory McIlroy. But I like the chances of Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood, and Adam Scott. I would love to see Sergio Garcia win, but I personally feel that Tiger is due to have a great year."

Arnold Palmer: "I think there are numerous people who could take a run. I think Tiger should be the favorite, no question. If I were arbitrary about it, I would still take the field."

Billy Casper: "Tiger. Tiger’s playing well. He’s won so many times there. He’s really playing well. It looks like Rory is starting to come into his own. With those two playing well, it would be a great Masters."

Trevor Immelman: "The level is so consistently high on the PGA Tour now that it’s harder to pick winners, I believe. Obviously with Tiger starting to play really well again, he’s going to have a couple of weeks off and will be arriving there with so much confidence knowing he’s already won the tournament four times, he’s going to be a hard guy to bet against purely because he’s won there in so many different styles in conditions. Nothing that happens there will be catching him off guard, so I imagine he’ll be pretty comfortable and hard to bet against."

Ian Woosnam: "You have to go with the form player: Tiger." 

Charl Schwartzel: "I’m sure there are a lot of bookmakers around the world filling their pockets with the money of punters trying to pick golf tournament winners. It’s definitely not easy. I always feel that if I am playing my best then I have the chance to win whenever I tee it up, but I would never say that I am going to win. There are so many contenders and I suppose top of that list now would be Tiger Woods, who has had such an impressive start to the season."

January 08, 2013

SI Golf Ranking: McIlroy starts year as unanimous No. 1

Posted at 12:19 PM by

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.


1. Rory McIlroy (130, 13, 1) - Last three finishes: 1, DP World Tour Championship; MC, UBS Hong Kong Open; 3, Barclays Singapore Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (106, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: T4, World Challenge; T4, CIMB Classic; Semi-Finalist, Turkish Airlines World Golf Final
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Keegan Bradley (63, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: 2, World Challenge; 23, WGC-HSBC Championship; 3-1-0, Ryder Cup
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

4. Jason Dufner (62, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T15, World Challenge; T2, WGC-HSBC Champions; 2, Perth International
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

5. Ian Poulter (58, 1, 4) - Last three finishes: 17, World Challenge; T26, DP World Tour Championship; 2, Talisker Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

6. Luke Donald (54, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T3, DP World Tour Championship; 1, Dunlop Phoenix; T18, WGC-HSBC Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 2

T7. Justin Rose (32, 0, T10) - Last three finishes: 11, Nedbank Golf Challenge; 2, DP World Tour Championship; T24, WGC-HSBC Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 4

T7. Charl Schwartzel (32, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, Alfred Dunhill Championship; 1, Thailand Golf Champions; 3, DP World Tour Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 14

9. Brandt Snedeker (28, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T13, World Challenge; T11, WGC-HSBC Championship; 1-2-0, Ryder Cup
- Official World Golf Ranking: 10

10. Bubba Watson (24, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 9, World Challenge; 33, WGC-HSBC Championship; 3, PGA Grand Slam of Golf
- Official World Golf Ranking : 8

Others receiving votes:
Phil Mickelson (23)
Graeme McDowell (21)
Dustin Johnson (20)
Lee Westwood (13)
Louis Oosthuizen (12)
Adam Scott (12)
Webb Simpson (8)
Bo Van Pelt (8)
Sergio Garcia (5)
Ernie Els (3)
Martin Kaymer (1)

November 18, 2012

Westwood, Oosthuizen, Schwartzel and Clarke are moving in at Old Palm

Posted at 2:45 PM by Samantha Glover

Chubby Chandler's stable of golfers have a new home in professional golf's hottest community.

Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Darren Clarke will all make Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., their home course, and Westwood, Oosthuizen and Schwartzel have also bought houses at Old Palm, according to a press release from the club and International Sports Management (ISM).

"We are excited to welcome Lee, Louis, Charl and Darren to Old Palm," said Timothy Bright, senior vice president with Clarion Partners, Old Palm's owner/operator. "This group has collected three major championships, 80 wins world-wide, and could literally live anywhere in the world. ISM selecting Old Palm as its North American home is a tremendous honor."

Chandler, the founder of ISM, said: "With its world-class golf amenities, club and convenient location, Old Palm is the ideal location for our North American headquarters."

Chandler's most famous ex-client, Rory McIlroy, also lives in the Palm Beach area, as does Tiger Woods.

October 08, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tiger's Turkey tournament on schedule despite escalating violence

Posted at 1:35 PM by Mark Dee

Officials for the Turkish World Finals say that the increasingly hot confrontation between Turkey and neighboring Syria won't affect the golf tournament, which has Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in the field, according to Tony Jimenez of Reuters.

Sunday marked the fifth straight day of fire exchanged between the Turkish military and forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who have been fighting rebels through northern Syria, just across the border from Turkey, according to Jimenez's report.

But, tournament officials said Monday that the World Finals, which is held in Belek, far from the Syrian border, will continue as planned with Tuesday's first round.

The $5.3 million dollar purse has a first prize of $1.5 million. Woods and McIlroy will be joined in the eight-man field by Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson and Charl Schwartzel.


September 02, 2012

Video: Charl Schwartzel four-putts from three feet at Deutsche Bank

Posted at 7:28 PM by

Charl Schwartzel did not have a good day on Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship -- and it hit its lowest point on the 18th hole. That's where the 2011 Masters champ faced a three-footer for birdie, missed it, and then ... well, see for yourself.

Schwartzel finished with a double bogey and an eight-over 79, the highest score of the day at TPC Boston.

June 11, 2012

Dress Like a Tour Pro: What Rickie, Tiger and others will wear at U.S. Open

Posted at 8:10 PM by Mike Walker

It's U.S. Open time, and golf's style icons like Rickie Fowler have their look selected well in advance of the tourney. According to Puma's preview of Fowler's clothes for the U.S. Open, it looks like Fowler is planning to wear shorts on Sunday, but he will actually be sporting a custom pants version instead.


Check out what Tiger Woods will be wearing all week.


Here are some other players who will be sporting a more traditional look at this year's U.S. Open.








April 09, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Awkward Masters handshake, and Christina Kim vs. Bubba

Posted at 2:05 PM by Mick Rouse

We've all been there: a handshake that goes awry. Except for most of us, the awkward encounter isn't captured on live television. During the Masters. While receiving the coveted green jacket. Enter Masters champ Bubba Watson and chairman of Augusta National Billy Payne.

As Payne instructs 2010 Master's champion Charl Schwartzel to present Bubba with his green jacket, Bubba mistakes Payne's outstretched hand as an offer of congratulations. With a sly move that suggests this isn't the first time this has happened in his life, Bubba swivels to offer his now outstretched hand to Schwartzel. Payne, a little slow on the uptake, then realizes Bubba was trying to shake his hand, but offers his back a fraction of a second too late and receives a whole lot of Bubba's cold, cruel shoulder. Commence awkward face scratch. This encounter would probably be a whole lot more embarrassing if not for the fact that Bubba just won the freakin' Masters. In fact, I think it may raise a more important question: Could the Masters green jacket ceremony be any more boring?

'Bashful Prince' Ishikawa finds his princess

After another lackluster showing at the Masters (he's missed the cut three out of four times), Ryo Ishikawa returned home to Japan where legions of disappointed fans and reporters awaited. According to The Wall Street Journal, though, Ishikawa's Masters performance was quickly forgotten as he announced upon arrival that he is now engaged to his junior high school sweetheart. 

“I turned 20, so I feel like it’s a good time to make this decision,” Ishikawa said, referring to his coming of age in Japan.

While Ryo remained mum on the identity of his wife-to-be, not even revealing her first name, he did reveal that her father wasn't the only person whose blessing he sought.

Back in Japan, Ishikawa’s face is ubiquitous both on and off the green. He was the face for 17 ad campaigns from Panasonic to Lotte in 2011, appearing in more commercials than any other male celebrity for the third year running, according to market researcher Nihon Monitor.

“I informed my sponsors last month,” Ishikawa said. “And I got their blessing.”

Christina Kim goes OFF on Bubba on Twitter

In case you hadn't heard, Christina Kim isn't the biggest fan of Bubba Watson. Therefore, it was no surprise that Bubba's name would be brought up while Kim tweeted through the final round of the Masters. It all began when one of Kim's followers became upset that Christina was tweeting her support for Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen as opposed to a fellow American--specifically Bubba.

Kim was just warming up. Over the next three hours or so, she let loose a barrage on the Masters winner. Luckily for you, we've extracted the highlights of Kim's candid tweets.

Following his playoff victory, Kim held back on the Bubba bashing, offering up a seemingly sincere congratulations.

This is surely the end to it all, right? RIGHT?! Wrong. Apparently Kim's attempt to take the high road further incensed Bubba's fans.

How did it all round out? With Bubba interjecting his two cents? Not quite.

Sometimes I wonder what we did for entertainment before Twitter...

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Bubba Watson didn't get in on Christina Kim's Twitter rant, but that's probably because he couldn't get his phone to stop ringing.

Bubba did make his presence known in this mini-Twitter feud featuring Piers Morgan, though.

April 03, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Haney doesn't think Tiger used PEDs

Posted at 11:32 AM by Michael Chwasky

With all the bad blood that materialized between Hank Haney and Tiger Woods after Haney's tell-all book on his former student, it's a little suprising that the famed golf coach would defend the current Bay Hill champ on much of anything. However, when a reporter from the Orlando Sentinel asked Haney about Tiger's potential use of performance enhancing drugs, the Haney responded immediately: 

"No, I don't believe Tiger ever did [performance-enhancing drugs]," said Haney, whose book The Big Miss is one of the most intriguing portraits of sports greatness since John Feinstein wrote a A Season on the Brink about Bob Knight. "Tiger works out in the gym like you wouldn't believe. His physical therapist for a long time was a very good friend of mine for over 25 years and has always been clean as a whistle."

Haney also went on to once again defend his book, The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, against accusations that he violated the student-teacher code by giving the world an inside look at Tiger's life. 

"These aren't just his memories. He doesn't have a patent on them," said Haney. "He doesn't have an exclusive on them. They're my memories, too, and I wanted to be able to share them."

Schwartzel serves up unique Masters dinner menu

As all golf fans know, one of the Masters' great traditions is the annual Champions Dinner, where the previous year's winner serves whatever menu he wants. The current honor goes to South African native Charl Schwartzel, who has been talking up his grilling abilities for awhile and made it pretty clear he was going to offer up some unusual dishes from his home country.

According to USA Today, the menu will include some typical but delicious fare including jumbo lump crab meat, filet mignon, lamp chops, lobster, oysters, king crab legs and Dauphinoise potatoes.

But for the more adventurous Schwartzel has some of his personal favorites available like sliced biltong (a South African cured meat), biltong sticks [pictured below], and droewors (dried sausage) and cream cheese, all covered with Wellington sweet chili sauce. Traditional South African barbecue with Monkey Gland sauce will also be on the menu, as well as ice cream sundaes and a wine list that includes 2010 Cape of Good Hope, Van Lill & Visser, Chenin Blanc; and a 2007 Anthonij Rupert, Cabernet Sauvignon. 


McIlroy extends partnership with UNICEF

Rors isn't just a talented golfer and wealthy superstar with a celebrity girlfriend, he's also a good guy to boot. On Tuesday the young native of Northern Ireland announced an extension of his global partnership with UNICEF while also showing off his new golf bag, which sports the UNICEF logo. 

"When an organization like UNICEF needs your help to change the future for young people across the world, you jump at the opportunity to get involved," said McIlroy. "I am very fortunate to have a fantastic group of supporters worldwide who I hope will care as much as I do about the survival and development of the children who need our help the most.A branding position became available on my bag and I knew right away that UNICEF was the correct fit," continued McIlroy. "I try to help out whenever I can, and I saw this as an opportunity to give UNICEF some added exposure and hopefully increase awareness for such a great cause."


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March 20, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Donald challenging McIlroy for top spot

Posted at 1:06 PM by

SI-Golf-RANKINGEach week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.


1.  Rory McIlroy (149, 14, 1)   - Last three finishes: 3, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 1, Honda Classic; 2, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Luke Donald (132, 1, 7) - Last three finishes: 1, Transitions Championship; T6, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T33, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

3. Lee Westwood (90, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T29, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 4, Honda Classic; 4, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

4. Justin Rose (77, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T29, Transitions Championship; 1, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T5, Honda Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

5. Phil Mickelson (76, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: T43, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T2, Northern Trust Open; 1, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

6. Keegan Bradley (72, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T8, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T12, Honda Classic; T17, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 20

7. Hunter Mahan (64, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T24, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 1, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; T24, Northern Trust Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

8. Bill Haas (29, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T29, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T33, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; 1, Northern Trust Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 15

9. Charl Schwartzel (22, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: MC, Transitions Championship; T4, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T5, Honda Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

10. Bubba Watson (21, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: 2, WGC-Cadillac Championship, T17, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; T13, Northern Trush Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 16

Others receiving votes:
Brandt Snedeker (15)
Steve Stricker (14)
Kyle Stanley (11)
Mark Wilson (11)
Webb Simpson (9)
Matt Kuchar (8)
Sang-moon Bae (7)
Jim Furyk (5)
Johnson Wagner (4)
Bo Van Belt (3)
Tiger Woods (3)
Martin Kaymer (1)
Alvaro Quiros (1)


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