All those dreams end the same: with a golfer standing in the waning light as a fellow pro slides a grass-colored blazer onto his shoulders. How the dreamer wound up as the world's most famous coatrack is almost certainly different. Did he sink a long putt or hole out from a bunker on 18? Did he eagle the par-5s? Did he birdie the last four holes in a row?
Four in row? Who dreams like that? Probably not even Charl Schwartzel, but he doesn't have to: He lived it. As he did at the Masters, Schwartzel has been making a stealth run at the big time for years. The South African was the third youngest—at 18 years, 81 days—to qualify for the European tour. He lay low for a few years before winning four times between 2005 and '08. He won twice at the end of '10, and when the calendar flipped he sneaked up on everyone at Augusta. Quick start, steady play, big finish. Sound familiar?
Schwartzel isn't messing with the formula. For his return trip he is playing the exact same setup as he did a year ago. Maybe he hasn't woken up yet.
FIVE O'CLOCK SHADOW
An avid big-game hunter, Schwartzel isn't afraid to show off his manly man creds.
Open to the bottom button to expose chest hair. See: Five O'clock Shadow.
Premium Stripe Polo. Schwartzel is one of the few pros to wear the Premium line, which has finer fabrics and chrome-finished buttons but a slimmer, more contoured fit, which makes it perfect for trim players.