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September 3 2012

7:17 PM

Schwartzel might not play BMW

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- After making birdies on his final two holes during Monday's final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Charl Schwartzel just might have played his way into the third event of the FedExCup Playoffs.

Schwartzel Even if he makes the field for the BMW Championship, though, Schwartzel might not play because the rib injury that kept him out of action for a month earlier this summer had resurfaced.

Schwartzel called himself "doubtful" for Crooked Stick and later put the percentage as to whether he would play at 50-50. If he doesn't play, the former Masters champion said he expected to take a month off and perhaps return at the European Tour's Dunhill Links Championship in October.

"I actually injured it at the U.S. Open, and it seems to be coming back," Schwartzel said. "It's not as advanced as it was there. It's not torn, but it's very uncomfortable, and I don't want to get to that stage where I can't play for the rest of the year. This is my seventh in a row.  It was a little bit too much coming up. 

"But I'll see. Maybe we'll have to get some rest and maybe it'll be okay, but it's very uncomfortable at the moment."

Schwartzel was 68th in the FedExCup standings -- two above the cutoff for the BMW Championship when he finished off a round of even par 71 on Monday. That was considerably better than the 79 he shot in the third round that included a four-putt from 3 feet at the 18th hole -- the same distance that produced a birdie on Sunday.

"Pretty mixed feelings," Schwartzel said when asked to describe his emotions. "I obviously feel that I finished well. Teeing off Sunday, I figured I could win. It was good to finish well. I didn't play particularly well, and it was nice to hit a few good shots on the last holes."

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