Charl Schwartzel Wins Green Jacket, Is Fourth Straight First-Time Major Champ

AUGUSTA, GA – Charl Schwartzel needs to make room in his closet for a green jacket. The 26-year-old South African closed with a 6-under-par 66 to win the Masters by two shots over Jason Day and Adam Scott.

Schwartzel did it with birdies on the final four holes to breakup a six-way log jam with Day, Scott, Tiger Woods, Geoff Ogilvy and Luke Donald.

Schwartzel was in a four-way tie for second after the third round, four shots off the lead. He finished 14-under in winning his first major championship. He’s the fourth straight first-time major champion. He joins PGA champion Martin Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen at the British and U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell in that category.

It sure looked like it was going to be a g’day for Australia at the Masters. The leaderboard was filled with guys from Down Under.

When Adam Scott rolled in a short birdie putt at the 16th hole, he had the lead all to himself. Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy were right in the mix, too, just in case Scott faltered.

By shear numbers, the golfing-mad country seemed poised to celebrate the only major championship its never won. Sorry, mate. The Aussies will have to wait a little longer.

Charl Schwartzel, a 26-year-old South African, put on one of the greatest finishing kicks in major championship history. He birdied the last four holes for a 6-under 66, giving him a two-stroke win over Scott and Day, with Ogilvy four shots back in a tie for fourth.

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