Schwartzel’s father resists urge to ignore Masters





A birdie on the last hole during the Master sealed the first major title of Charl Schwartzel at around 12:48 in the morning Monday in South Africa.

All these were witnessed by George, Charl’s father, at their family farm and home in the south of Johannesburg. Nothing irregular here except that George purposely avoids the agony of watching his son in action as he is “a nervous wreck”.

“I was going to take another pill but my wife wouldn’t let me. We watched it all — I still haven’t gone to bed,” George Schwartzel told The Associated Press nearly 12 hours after Charl’s triumph at Augusta National.

George took a sleeping pill and slept all the way to the WGC-Cadillac Championship last year where Charl finished second and next to fellow South African Ernie Els.

“I told my family to wake me up when it was over,” he said.

George also took a nap under a tree at the Leopard Creek Golf Club during the Alfred Dunhill Championship in 2005, as his son Charl earned his first European Tour title.

“I had to find somewhere to lie down. I couldn’t take it. So, I found a quiet tree on the front nine.”

It would have been the same scenario last Sunday if not for his wife Lizette who insisted he stay and watch.

Charl’s father guided his career since he played his first nine holes at the age of four.

“My dad was stressing again, he couldn’t watch it,” said Charl’s younger brother Attie Schwartzel, who is also a pro golfer on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour. “He’s such a nervous wreck. He wanted to take another pill but Mom wouldn’t let him.”