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Sunday, 10 April 2011
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With this Win


SUNDAY APRIL 10, 2011 – MASTERS TOURNAMENT

CHARL SCHWARTZEL


• For the first time in history, European Tour members now hold all four of the Major Championships. They are: Charl Schwartzel (Masters Tournament), Graeme McDowell (US Open Championship), Louis Oosthuizen (The Open Championship) and Martin Kaymer (US PGA Championship).

• Becomes the third South African to win the Masters Tournament, following Gary Player (1961, 74 and 78) and Trevor Immelman (2008).

• His first Major Championship victory in his 17th Major Championship appearance.

• His seventh European Tour International Schedule victory in his 204th European Tour event.

• This victory beats his previous best Major Championship finish of tied 14th at the 2010 Open Championship.

• Victory comes in his second Masters Tournament appearance. This victory beats his previous best performance of tied 30th in 2010.

• Horton Smith (1934), Gene Sarazen (1935) and Fuzzy Zoeller (1979) all won the Masters Tournament on their debut. Charl Schwartzel joins Jimmy Demaret (winner in 1940) and Herman Keiser (winner in 1946), in the group of players to win the Masters Tournament on their second appearance.

• His four shot final round winning comeback is the largest at the Masters Tournament since Sir Nick Faldo overcame a six shot deficit to defeat Greg Norman in 1996.

• Becomes the 24th player to win the Masters Tournament after not leading going into the final round.

• His four shot final round winning comeback is the largest on the 2011 European Tour to date, beating the two shots by S S P Chowrasia (Avantha Masters) and Nick Watney (WGC – Cadillac Championship).

 

 

OTHER FACTS


• Becomes the seventh South African to win a Major Championship. He follows: Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, Bobby Locke, Louis Oosthuizen and  Gary Player.

• Becomes the tenth European Tour Member to win the Masters Tournament. He follows: Seve Ballesteros (1980 and 83), Bernhard Langer (1985 and 93), Sandy Lyle (1988), Sir Nick Faldo (1989, 90 and 96), Ian Woosnam (1991), José Maria Olazábal (1994 and 99), Vijay Singh (2000), Trevor Immelman (2008) and Angel Cabrera (2009).

• The 41st Major Championship victory by a European Tour Member since Seve Ballesteros won The Open Championship in 1979.

•  The 20th different European Tour Member to win a Major Championship since Seve Ballesteros in 1979.

• His second European Tour victory of the 2011 season, following the Joburg Open.

• Becomes the first multiple winner of the 2011 European Tour season.

• Gains a lifetime exemption into the Masters Tournament.

• Gains a five year exemption into the US Open Championship, Open Championship and US PGA Championship.

• Gains a place in the 2011 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, WGC – HSBC Champions PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

• Extends his European Tour exemption until the end of 2018.

• Moves over €8 million in European Tour Official Career Earnings.

• The 98th South African victory in European Tour history.

• His eighth win as a professional worldwide.

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