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Top 20 Golfers for 2012 Majors: No. 7 Charl Schwartzel


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2012 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Throughout the month of March, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 7:Charl Schwartzel

Born: Aug. 31, 1984, Johannesburg, South Africa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 (7 on European Tour)|2011 Wins (Worldwide): 2| 2011 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,604,558 World Ranking: 6

Brandel Chamblee's Take:

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One of only five players currently in their 20s who has won a major championship, Schwartzel is one of the game’s most consistent players. His worst finish in a major in 2011 was T16, and his current cut streak in the majors was stretched to nine last year. 

But for all the talk about his consistency, it’s Schwartzel’s ability to play his best when it matters most that made him a Masters champion in 2011. His final round scoring average is his best of his four rounds, and that was never more evident than when he birdied the final four holes to win at Augusta a year ago. That temerity combined with his talent makes him a threat at every venue.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 20
Wins: 1

2011 Performance:
Masters - Won
U.S. Open - T9
British Open - T16
PGA Championship - T12

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 1 (2011)
U.S. Open - T9 (2011)
British Open - T14 (2010)
PGA Championship - T12 (2011)
Top-10 Finishes: 2
Top-25 Finishes: 8
Missed Cuts: 7

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.