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CHARL SCHWARTZEL                    going into this year’s Masters              year, at the tender age of 22. Sin-  IT'S BEEN FIVE
Masters Highlights: Winner 2011     with his world ranking on the rise          ce then he has steadily climbed      YEARS SINCE
World Ranking: 32                   and his current form solid, three           the ladder through incredible        SCHWARTZEL
	 Schwartzel was the talk of        top 15 finishes already achieved            consistency and some wonder-         LIFTED THE
19th Holes all over the world af-   in 2016, and his first win in two           ful shot making to sit proudly       TROPHY AT
ter slaying the world class field   years coming at the Australian              just outside the world top 10 at     AUGUSTA,
in the 2011 Masters. South Africa   Open in Perth (just before going            just 27 years old.                   SO THE TIME
held its breath in anticipation of  to print). Consistency has always           	 He had been plying his tra-        SHOULD BE
the next big thing to come out      been one of the most pleasing               de in Europe and the Sunshine        ABOUT RIGHT
of the continent since Ernie, and   aspects of his performances,                Tour, but this year he has taken     FOR SOUTH
have a regular challenger at the    having never been outside the               the option, and the leap, to test    AFRICAN
top table of world golf. Whilst     world top 60 since he broke into            his skills against the best the      GOLF FANS
he hasn’t gone on to dominate       it eight years ago. Showing that            PGA Tour has to offer. This can      TO ENJOY A
as some might have hoped, per-      level of consistency across four            only be a good thing for someo-      TENSE FINAL
haps unfairly (golf is one of the   rounds at the Augusta National              ne so young. The 2016 Masters        DAY / NIGHT
most competitive sports on the      from 7- 10 April is what he needs.          could be his breakthrough event,     OF GOLF
planet), he has still maintained    Add an extra dash of form and               and with a top ten finish here he
a very high level of performance    who knows where Louis’ tour-                could be spoken about in the
and is hugely respected by his      nament might take him. He has               same breath as those two other
peers on the PGA Tour.              after all won a major, the 2012             global giants, McIlroy and Spieth.
	 2014 and 2015 have been           British Open, has a tenacious               If not this year, then certainly in
lean in terms of wins, and he       competitive streak and an all-              years to come.
missed a few more cuts than         round game to match. I don’t                	 CemAir Predicts – Top 10.
he would have liked which saw       think he’ll be in the mix for the
his global standing slip from       grand prize this time around, al-           It’s been five years since
6 in 2011 to 35 in 2015. He has     though you never know in this               Schwartzel lifted the trophy at
however, started this year stron-   sport, but a solid top 25 finish            Augusta, so the time should be
gly, winning the Tshwane Open       would represent a really good               about right for South African golf
in SA, and putting in a good        tournament for him.                         fans to enjoy a tense final day /
showing at his first PGA tourna-    	 CemAir Predicts: Top 25.                  night of golf, where at least one
ment of the year. His al-round                                                  of the five above are vying for
game suits Augusta, so keep an      BRANDON GRACE                               the title. If that is the case, and
eye on him come April.              Masters Highlights: None…yet                we do celebrate a winner in the
	 CemAir Predicts: Top 20.          World Ranking: 11                           early hours on Monday 11th, then
                                    	 Grace burst on to the sce-                bosses, please expect a few late
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN                    ne, and the world golf’s radar in           arrivals to the office on Monday
Masters Highlights: 2nd in 2012     2012, when he became the first              morning.
World Ranking: 21                   player in history to win his first
	 The signs bode well for Louis     four European Titles in the same

Ten Things That YOU Might Not Know About The Masters

1) THERE WAS ONCE A PRESIDENTIAL HOSTAGE SITUATION. In 1983, then-              on the Tuesday night of tournament week, former champions don't have to eat
United States President Ronald Reagan played Augusta National as a guest        it. Players are free to order off the clubhouse menu, and many do. After Sandy
of his Secretary of State, George Schultz. An Augusta native, Charles Harris,   Lyle won the Masters in 1988 he served haggis, leaving six-time winner Jack
interrupted their round by crashing his truck through the gates of the club,    Nicklaus to reflect: “Oh, I hope he enjoys it.”
demanding to see the President. Harris then held hostages at gunpoint in the
pro shop for two hours before US Secret Service agents eventually subdued       7) CLIFFORD ROBERTS. After falling ill at the age of 83, Augusta National co-
him.                                                                            founder Clifford Roberts ended his life in 1977 on the slope next to Ike's Pond
                                                                                on the par three course, a spot he dearly loved.
2) CADDIES PLAY FREE. Each year, on the last day the course is open before
closing for the summer, Augusta National's caddies can play for free. All day.  8) THE PAR THREE CONTEST CURSE. It's common knowledge that no player
                                                                                has ever won the pre-tournament Par Three Contest and gone on to the win
3) AUGUSTA'S 19TH HOLE. When Alister MacKenzie originally created               the Masters proper, however four players have won the nine-hole shoot-out
Augusta National he included a short 19th hole, named 'Double or Quits',        and gone on to win a Major Championship that same year: Tom Watson (1982
designed to settle on-course wagers. At 90 yards long, it was the only hole     US Open and The Open), Hubert Green (1985 US PGA), David Toms (2001 US
not named after a tree or shrub and was used as the practice putting surface    PGA) and Louis Ooshuizen (2010 Open). Not all bad, then.
during the inaugural Masters Tournament in 1934.
                                                                                9) THE MASTERS LONG DRIVE CONTEST. Before the Par Three Contest
4) AMEN CORNER IS NOT HOLES 11, 12 AND 13. This is a common                     became an annual ritual in 1960, players at the Masters used to compete in a
misconception. Amen Corner is actually the approach to the 11th, all of the     long drive competition as well as completing accuracy challenges and best-
iconic, par three 12th and the tee shot on the 13th.                            ball matches in the days prior to the event.

5) AFFORDABLE AUGUSTA. An original membership share at Augusta                  10) BEWARE THE SOLO FIRST ROUND LEADER. In 78 editions of the Masters,
National cost $350. That equates to roughly $4,000 in today's money.            just four players have led from start to finish (with no ties) to win the Green
                                                                                Jacket (Craig Wood, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd). There
6) THE MYTH OF THE CHAMPIONS DINNER. While the previous year's                  hasn't been a wire-to-wire winner at Augusta in 38 years.
Masters winner does get to pick the menu for the famous Champions Dinner

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