Schwartzel’s Masters breakthrough tops Woods’s win

ALMOST overlooked as Charl Schwartzel surged clear of a congested leaderboard to clinch this month’s US Masters with a sizzling finish was the fact that he eclipsed Tiger Woods with his breakthrough.
  Woods, a four-times winner of the season’s opening major, claimed his first Masters victory in his third appearance at Augusta National while South African Schwartzel, remarkably, did so with his second attempt.
 Only two other players have landed the green jacket in their second starts — Americans Jimmy Demaret in 1940 and Herman Keiser in 1946.
 In 1997, Woods, 21, became the youngest Masters champion, cruising to a 12-shot victory and mocking the belief that the recipe for success at Augusta National took years to learn.
 Woods is a very special case, though, and he has since claimed a further 13 major titles to embellish his credentials as the best player of his generation and, arguably, ever.
 Today, the conventional wisdom about earning your Masters spurs still applies — despite Schwartzel’s spectacular display in the final round a fortnight ago, when he ended a sweltering afternoon with four successive birdies. – Reuters
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