Schwartzel triumphs, Tiger threatens, McIlroy chokes

2011-04-14 00:00

CHARL Schwartzel won his first major title in emphatic style; no-one has birdied the final four holes to win the Masters in its 75-year history. One could argue that he was fortunate early in the final round by chipping in at the first and then holing his second shot at the third, but the game of golf is laced with luck — it always has been and always will be, and it comes in both varieties, good and bad. Schwartzel becomes the seventh South African to win a major golf tournament and the third in four years after Immelman and Oosthuizen.

Tiger Woods showed that he is almost back to his old self and based on this performance it seems he is capable of winning more majors.

One interesting fact emerged during this tournament, that no Australian has won the Masters and if it hadn’t been for Schwartzel’s brilliant finish, we would have had an Aussie champion.

Everyone feels sorry for Rory McIlroy, but he well and truly choked. It was one of the biggest demonstrations of choking that you will witness, and was reminiscent of Greg Norman in 1996. McIlroy dominated the tournament from the first day and had a four-shot lead after three rounds. We were all wondering who would come second. He’s young but he certainly isn’t a rookie, so how could he lose it from that position?

A myriad of hackneyed phrases and clichés will follow McIlroy’s collapse, such as: “You learn more from losing than winning”; “He will be a better player as a result of this”; “He will take the positives from this going forward”. What a load of nonsense. He choked in the classic style and from this day forward, whenever he is in a similar position, there will always be some degree of doubt in his mind as to whether he can hold his nerve.

All of the golf pundits have been saying for some time that Schwartzel is destined to be a multiple major winner. Let’s hope so. Television viewing of major golf tournaments is so much more enjoyable when one of our boys is involved in the final few holes.


Last weekend’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held the Bedstore Monthly Mug on Saturday.

A division:

1. R. Bruce 65 net

2. L. Franklin 68 net

B Division:

1. M. Wooldridge 67 net

2. V. Harry 68 Net

C Division:

N. Bahrat 69 net

K. Roberts 70 net


1. A. Feine 72 net

2. A. Toth 75 net

Victoria Country Club held the Jackson Gold Cup on Saturday. It was played as a four-ball alliance. The winners were P. Claasens, F. Griesel, B. Dicks and D. van der Merwe on 111 points. In second place were J. Gopaul, N. Gopaul, P. Govender and D. Moodley on 110 points.


From the 19th hole:

A group of senior lady members were sitting in the bar chatting after their game of golf.

One said, “I wish I could get Sam to stop biting his nails, it’s such an awful habit.”

Another replied, “My Fred used to do the same but I cured him of the habit.”

“Oh, how did you manage to do that?” asked the other.

“I hid his teeth.”

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