Michael Vlismas16 JANUARY 2011: Charl Schwartzel successfully defended his Joburg Open title with a four-stroke victory on the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club on Sunday.
Schwartzel closed with a 67 for a total of 19 under par 265, following Ernie Els (Heineken Classic 2002, 2003 and 2004) and Trevor Immelman (South African Open 2003 and 2004) as the third South African to defend a title on the European Tour.
“I started off well, which was tough in the rain. In any tournament where you’re tied with someone, it’s important to get off to a good start. My first nine holes put a lot of pressure on them, so I got my nose ahead. I just tried to find a way to stay ahead.
“I was swinging well up until my bogey on the ninth. Then I lost my rhythm and couldn’t get it back. I had to dig deep and really trust my short game. My mind was in the right place and that pulled me through.
“That’s what you need to do to win. You won’t always hit the ball well but need to find a way to get the lowest score out there.”
The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Councillor Amos Masondo congratulated Schwartzel: “The spectacular back to back win by Charl Schwartzel was the perfect ending to the 2011 Joburg Open, as we celebrate our fifth anniversary of the tournament, bucking the trend of the tournament being won by a foreigner every alternate year at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. Congratulations Charl and well done on keeping the trophy on home soil.
“Golf is a great sport of resilience, tenacity, focus, discipline and ultra camaraderie, and we thank all the golfers for demonstrating these qualities during the tournament and putting on a display of gripping golf over the past few days.
“Thanks to all our friends, partners, sponsors and the spectators, who braved the weather to encourage the players from the sidelines. We could not have asked for a better way to celebrate our fifth anniversary of the tournament. Here’s looking forward to an even greater Joburg Open in 2012,” concluded Clr Masondo.
Joburg Open is an important
tournament in the golf
calendar for both local and
It is co-sanctioned by the
Sunshine Tour and PGA
European Tour as an official
Order of Merit event.
The prize money is 1.3
million euros and this will be
shared amongst all the
players who will make the cut.
Thursday & Friday
Morning field: 10:30-12:30
Afternoon field:14:00– 16:00
Saturday & Sunday
12:00 – 16:30