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Wednesday, 06 February 2013
Charl Schwartzel  (Getty Images)
Charl Schwartzel (Getty Images)
Charl Schwartzel hopes to bring his sensational form from the end of 2012 into 2013 at this week’s Joburg Open.

The South African claimed the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December by a mammoth 12 shots before taking a six-week winter break, which will come to an end when he tees off at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington.

The former Masters Tournament winner preceded his Leopard Creek triumph with an 11 shot runaway victory at the Thailand Golf Championship, and few would bet against the 2010 and 2011 Joburg Open winner completing his hat-trick.

Schwartzel said: "It's been one of the longest breaks I've ever taken - six weeks. I did some practice and didn't miss that part of it, but I did miss the competitiveness of it.

“I've watched the guys playing and I miss being in contention, so I'm looking forward to getting back and competing again.

"My body feels a little fresher after the break. I was quite fatigued at the end of last year. If I can just play consistent golf - whatever the result may be - I just want to start off in a nice consistent way. I want to start off on a good base and build from there.

"I've obviously got very good memories of this place, going back to my junior golf days. It's a highlight of the year for me to come back and play the Joburg Open.

“These are the courses we played growing up. It suits my eye and my game. I've had a few practice rounds here and had the chance to do some really good preparing for this week."

Asked whether he would be at a disadvantage in terms of tournament sharpness the 28 year old added: “Now it's my time to start. If I can continue from where I left off, that will be great."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1STERNE, RichardRSA18-27
2SCHWARTZEL, CharlRSA18-20
T3SANTOS, RicardoPOR18-19
T3COETZEE, GeorgeRSA18-19
T3AGUILAR, FelipeCHI18-19
T6HORNE, KeithRSA18-18
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