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Executive Mayor Amos Masondo congratulates a worthy winner

16 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.

Garth Mulroy finished second on 15 under with a final round of 71, while Thomas Aiken was third on 14 under with a 72.

“I love playing in Johannesburg. I grew up here and feel right at home, so I couldn’t have asked for a better place to defend a title,” said Schwartzel.

Playing most of the round in the rain, Schwartzel was solid on the front nine. But he suddenly lost his swing on the back and struggled to hit a fairway. However, his short game was unbelievable. Several times he managed to up-and-down for par, to the frustration of those chasing him.

Then on the par-four 13th, after hitting into the greenside bunker, Schwartzel chipped in for birdie. That took him three clear of the field, and he held onto that lead to the par-five 18th. Another wayward drive off the tee saw him behind a tree in the right rough. He punched his second out onto the fairway, and then again displayed the touch that won him this tournament.


The end of a successful tournament for Charl Schwartzel

With a wedge in hand, Schwartzel came inches close to holing out with this third shot. Left with a six-foot putt to win, Schwartzel closed with a birdie.
“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

Joburg Open is an important
tournament in the golf
calendar for both local and
international players.

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.


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