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Charl Schwartzel hits a shot from a fairway bunker during the TPC Players in Florida
Charl Schwartzel hits a shot from a fairway bunker on the 15th hole during the final round of The Players Championship Sunday May 15, 2011 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. K.J. Choi defeated David Toms in a one-hole playoff which took place on the 17th island green. Both had finished regulation play at 13 under par. UPI/Rick Wilson
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Charl Adriaan Schwartzel (English pronunciation: /ˈʃɑrl ˈʃwɔrtsəl/; born 31 August 1984) is a South African professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour, European Tour, and the Sunshine Tour. He won the 2011 Masters Tournament. Schwartzel's highest world ranking has been number seven, in May 2011.

Schwartzel was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He had a dominant junior amateur career in South Africa, and won some amateur events in other countries including the 2002 Indian Amateur and English Open Stroke Play Championships. He played for South Africa in the 2002 Eisenhower Trophy.

Schwartzel turned professional at the age of eighteen and following the path of many other leading South African players, he qualified for the European Tour late that year. He was the second youngest South African golfer to do so after Dale Hayes. He earned enough money to retain his European Tour card in both 2003 and 2004.

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