SA’s Charl Schwartzel credited an improved putting stroke which helped him to a share of second The Players Championship at the TPC at Sawgrass, in Florida, on Sunday.
Schwartzel carded rounds of 68 66 73 and 67 to finish on a 14-under total, four behind American winner Webb Simpson.
For his efforts, Schwartzel earned approximately R10 million.
In addition his considerable payday, Schwartzel moved back inside the world top-50 to 43rd position, up 19 spots from last week.
“My putting has always been really good. I needed to trust it more, and now that I’m trusting it, trusting the lines, it seems like the stroke is also smooth. So I’m going to make some more putts,” said Schwartzel who ended three shots ahead of a charging Tiger Woods who also held a share of second during the final round. Woods eventually ended in tie for 11th.
The 2011 Masters Champion has displayed improved form over the last month with third at the Zurich Classic at the end of April, before a tied-ninth finish at the Wells Fargo Championship last week. It means his earnings on the PGA Tour this season have already well surpassed the million dollar mark at 1.5 million US dollars (R19.4m) from 13 events, after making the cut 10 times.
“I started playing well there [at the Zurich classic]. My game has been feeling good for about a month, two months now. It just hasn’t sort of kicked on. But yeah, I’ve got good feelings. You know, I just started playing really nicely. I feel like I’m playing the way I should play.”
After missing the cut at the Players Championship last year, Schwartzel was pleased to perform on a course that in the past has not suited his game.
“Look, I’ve had my fair share of troubles on this golf course. I’ve skipped it willingly before when I felt I don’t like it at all, and particularly these sort of holes. But this week, I played a lot better, and I played the tough holes well, so that’s normally going to get you around this golf course.”