Monday, 11 April 2011

2011 - Week 16 Winner

Charl Schwartzel (ranked 24th by Golf Predictor) won the first major of the year, The Masters (European/US PGA Tour). In the most exciting Masters for years, the 26 year old South African broke free of a large group of contenders, finishing with four birdies in a row to win his first major in style. After starting with a chip in for birdie on the first hole and a hole out eagle on the third, it looked early on that it could be Schwartzel's day. Several hours later, it duly came to pass and he joined the illustrious list of South African major winners. 

Overnight leader Rory McIlroy suffered an embarrassing collapse on the back nine to record a disastrous closing 80 to finish in a share of fifteenth place. While disappointed, the young Northern Irish man bravely faced the press afterwards and the general consensus is that his time will come. Another intriguing feature of the tournament was the resurgence of one Tiger Woods, who burnt up the front nine in 31 strokes (-5) to surge into contention. However, Woods couldn't build on that excellent start, coming home in only level par to tie for fourth.

Our top ranked player, defending champion Phil Mickelson, finished in tied 27th and we had ten of the top twenty four plus ties (10/26).

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