Els is Schwartzel’s US Open ‘spur’
Masters champion Charl Schwartzel believes he can emmulate Ernie Els by winning the US Open.
Masters champion confident ahead of US Open
Masters champion Charl Schwartzel believes he can emmulate fellow countryman and childhood hero Ernie Els by winning the US Open in Maryland.
The 26-year-old, who won his first major at the Masters in Augusta in April, hopes that success will bring him the confidence required to emulate Els when he takes on the Congressional course next month.
Johannesburg-born Schwartzel said: “I like the Masters and I love the Augusta course, but I had always thought the US Open would be the one that I had a really good chance of winning.
“Ernie won the US Open at the Congressional, so that’s a good enough spur for me.
“Doing what Ernie did would be a memorable achievement for me. And I enjoy playing tough courses like I expect the Congressional to be.
“There will be plenty watching me to see how I get on in the next major, but I’m not looking to go out there and try to prove something.
“I’m looking at it in a more positive way. The fact that I’ve won a major is going to give me more confidence in the next one than I’ve ever had before.”
Graeme Storm recalls ‘surreal’ US PGA adventure after battle with Rory McIlroy
His famous victory over McIlroy came on the third extra hole in the 2017 South African Open in Johannesburg
Lee Kyoung-Hoon shoots his lowest round on the tour to retain Texas title
Dallas-born Jordan Spieth went close with a chip for eagle on the 18th which would have forced a play-off.
Sam Horsfield ‘so happy’ after winning Soudal Open to secure another title
Horsfield overcame overnight leader Ryan Fox in a thrilling final-round battle.
Justin Rose still has drive to succeed as ‘exciting challenge’ of US PGA arrives
Rose won the US Open in 2013 and Olympic gold in Rio three years later, but has not tasted victory since February 2019.
Tiger Woods will expect to do better at US PGA Championship – Curtis Strange
Woods returned to top-level action after a long injury absence with a 47th-placed finished at the Masters.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson withdraws from US PGA Championship
The six-time major winner has been taking a break from golf.
Jordan Spieth looking for career grand slam at US PGA Championship
The presence or absence of defending champion Phil Mickelson which will dominate the conversation at Southern Hills.
We’ve got your back – Greg Norman promises to defend players on breakaway tour
Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood are among the professionals to have asked for the required release to play the first event at Centurion Club.