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December 15 2012

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No. 27: Charl Schwartzel

To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here.


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2013 PREVIEW: A year after winning the Masters and finishing 16th or better in the other three majors, Charl Schwartzel's best major performance was a tie for 38th at the U.S. Open. He missed a month afterwards due to a torn muscle in his abdomen but closed his season out with five finishes overseas of fifth or better, including back-to-back wins in Thailand and South Africa, so Schwartzel has momentum for the new year.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Schwartzel has made south Florida his U.S. base so perhaps it's only fitting that one of this two top-10 finishes came at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He broke par in all three rounds and tied for fourth -- two years after finishing runner-up to his mentor and host Ernie Els on the same course. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: We did not see much of Charl in 2012. He did not begin his schedule until the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, played only 13 PGA TOUR Regular Season events and yet qualified for three FedExCup Playoffs tournaments. His ball-striking seemed a bit off to me, and he finished 153rd in greens in regulation. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Given that the South African started playing majors in 2003, it's easy to forget that he's only 28. He dropped over three points in his greens-in-regulation split from 2011 and nabbed only two top 10s, both in March. Also failed to post a top 35 in any of the majors. And since he remained content with barely playing the membership minimum, his value is greatest in salary games at $1.138 million. Even if he plays more toward his potential, he doesn't warrant an early investment in long-term formats. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
90th

Final Playoffs ranking
61st

Best finishes T4 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
By the Numbers
Starts: 16
Cuts made: 13
Rounds played: 54
Top-10 finishes: 2
Money List rank: 89th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 42nd
Driving accuracy: 93rd
Greens in regulation: 153rd
Strokes gained-putting: 73rd
Scoring average: 37th


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