Schwartzel soaks up SA support

by Michael Vlismas on
Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel

As the only South African in the field, Charl Schwartzel soaked up the support he received from the fans on day one of the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Thursday.

Schwartzel opened with a 68 to share the first round lead with defending champion Lee Westwood. But he did admit that what started out as a strong gallery quickly disappeared when he made a double-bogey seven on the ninth. “There were quite a few people to start with, then I made seven and they disappeared. Then I made four birdies in five holes on the back nine and they were back again. Coming down the last two or three holes there was a nice bunch of people following me.

“Being the only South African in the field is nice. It helps when things aren’t going your way and people still motivate you. Everyone wants you to play well, and people shouting your name and urging you on makes you give it that little bit extra.”

Soundclip – Interview with Charl Schwartzel

One Response to Schwartzel soaks up SA support

  1. Malik says:

    Match play selects a wiennr for each hole played. If both players have the same score on a hole it is a tie and no one wins. You can have 12 strokes on one hole and your opponent only 3 to beat you, but you just lose 1 hole. Usually you play an 18 hole match. First to win 10 holes will win the match. Many times a match will be won before hole 18. An example might be that you are 4 holes ahead going to hole 16 and there are only 3 holes left to be played, so the match is over 4 holes up with 3 to play. The majority of golf courses are between par 70-72. Virtually all holes will be par 3,4, or 5. It is common to have 4 par 3 s, 4 par 5 s, and 10 par 4 s. This would be par 72. Remember all courses are different and you are playing against others at the same course. Everyone plays on the same course. Lot’s of sports will have different tracks, fields, etc. But as long as you play the same course, track, or field all have the same chance.

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