Schwartzel eyes double play
Masters champion hopes to make history in Georgia
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - Yesterday marked the first time Charl Schwartzel had been in Georgia since he left on an airplane in April, wearing the green jacket that came with winning the Masters, his first major championship. This week the South African will attempt to do something that’s never been done.
Fifteen players have won at least two majors in the same season. None of the 15, though, won two in the same year in the same state. With the 93d PGA Championship being held at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Schwartzel is the only one with a chance.
“Winning the Masters gives you lots of confidence and the self-belief that you can win these events,’’ Schwartzel said, after an abbreviated practice round with Louis Oosthuizen and Sergio Garcia. “I’m fully going out there to try to win this tournament.’’
One hot topic Growing up in England, Justin Rose didn’t experience all that many 95-degree days with high humidity. That’s not to say he’s a newcomer to this kind of uncomfortable weather, however.
“I’ve been living in Orlando for five years, so I guess this feels pretty familiar now,’’ Rose said. “For some of the guys it’s going to be a change, you come from Europe, the summer there doesn’t get particularly hot. It’ll take a day or two to adjust. I think everyone can handle it, it’s just making sure you stay disciplined, making sure you’re eating and drinking the right things.’’
The forecast the rest of the week here calls for high temperatures in the low- to mid-90s, with minimal chance of showers.
Range rover Near the board listing who was on the course for a practice round, and what time and what tee they played from, a spectator asked his companion where Vijay Singh was. “Vijay’s still on the range,’’ the companion answered, referring to the two-time PGA champion. “I think he lives there.’’ Singh, a legendary range rat, finally made his way onto the course for a solo practice round . . . Augusta National Golf Club is roughly two hours from here, and tournament officials and club members during Masters week are easily spotted in their green jackets. Select officials were similarly visible at Atlanta Athletic Club yesterday, outfitted in another Southern tradition: Seersucker slacks . . . One of the first players on the course for a practice round was David Hutsell, the director of instruction at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore and one of 20 club professionals in the field. Hutsell won the PGA Professional National Championship on June 29.
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