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Top 20 Golfers for 2013 Majors: No. 19 Charl Schwartzel


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2013 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, 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. 19: Charl Schwartzel

Born: Aug. 31, 1984, Johannesburg, South Africa| Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 (8 on European Tour|2012 Wins (Worldwide): 2| 2012 Earnings (PGA Tour): $1,138,844 (90th) World Ranking: 16

Brandel Chamblee's Take

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Schwartzel wouldn’t have made this list except for something he did in back to back weeks late in 2012: He won in Thailand by 11 shots, and then the very next week in South Africa, he won by 12 at the Alfred Dunhill in his home country, which is the third-widest margin of victory in the history of that tour. Perhaps the 2011 Masters winner discovered the reason for a lackluster year. If so, the promise of his youthful major win and his gorgeous swing will make the golf world agog in 2013. He already has two top-10 finishes in four U.S. appearances thus far this season.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 24
Wins: 1

2012 Performance:
Masters - T50
U.S. Open - T38
British Open - Cut
PGA Championship - T59

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: 8

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

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