7. Charl Schwartzel
Charl Adriaan Schwartzel, is a Johannesburg, South African born professional golfer who competes in the PGA Tour (Professional Golfers’ Association primarily in the United States), European Tour, and the South Africa based Sunshine Tour. Born August 31 1984, Schwartzel holds the major achievement of being the 2011 PGA Tour Masters Finalist making him the third South African to ever win the Green Jacket. The 2011 Masters performance also happens to be Schartzel’s only PGA victory.
We can say Charl inherited his passion for golf from his father, George, who used to be a professional golfer and was once a one-time winner of a four-ball match with Ernie Els. Charl is the 3rd South African golfer that won the Masters Tournament. Gary Player and Trevor Immelman were the first 2 South Africa nationals that won the Tournament
His highest world ranking has been number 6, after finishing in a tie for a fourth position at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2012.
The first tournament he played was in 1997 at an early age of 13; and shot a 69 during first round. The 32-year old South African golfer has played for The Presidents Cup International Team in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
Charl was a member of the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation, a non-profit foundation founded by Ernie Els to support talented South African youth mostly to support families with limited means. The foundation has also supported celebrity South Africa’s athletes, Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace Schwartzel’s international teammates.
Charl is married to Rosalind, the second cousin of the professional golfer Justin Rose. Rosalind is a renowned tennis player in South Africa; and her father was a professional golf instructor at a golf club near Charl’s hometown.
The couple had their only daughter, Olivia in March 2014.
Fun Facts about Charl Adriann Schwartzel
Charl Adriaan Schwartzel has been a licensed pilot since 2007.
Charl’s first tweet is dedicated to a South African rugby team.
Birthday: 31 August 1984
Net Worth: R457 Million ($35 Million)
Top Endorsements: Nike, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Training: Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundatio