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Charl Schwartzel is hoping to rediscover some of the form he had heading into the last year’s Masters in Houston this week.

Charl Schwartzel is hoping to rediscover some of the form he had heading into the last year’s Masters in Houston this week.

South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel is hoping to rediscover some of the form he had heading into the last year’s Masters this week in Houston.

Last year, Schwartzel announced his arrival on the PGA Tour with strong showings in two WGC events, the Accenture Match Play and the CA championship, finishing second behind Ernie Els in the latter, and following it up with a third place finish at the Shell Houston Open.

A disappointing tie for 52nd finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational came inbetween those last two strong showings, and the 26-year-old will be hoping for a similar recovery in Houston this week ahead of Augusta.

Schwartzel’s major performances last year were very respectable: tied for 30th at the Masters, T16 in the US Open, T14 in the Open, and T18 in the PGA Championship.

Since becoming a full time PGA Tour member this year, his results haven’t been quite as impressive as his 2010 showings, with a tie for 14th place at the Honda Championship his only memorable finish so far this year.

Schwartzel will tee off alongside Billy Mayfair and Steve Elkington in Thursday’s opening round in Houston, eager to set himself up with a solid performance ahead of the battle for golf’s most coveted prize next week.

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