Catch up with the four South Africans at the field in this week’s Masters tournament, starting at the famous Augusta National on Thursday.
Will be teeing up for a 13th time at Augusta. Came so close to making it back-to-back South African winners when losing out on the second playoff hole to Bubba Watson in 2012. He had made an albatross-two on the 2nd hole in the final round, just the fourth ‘double-eagle’ in Masters history and he held a two-shot lead early in the round. ‘That was my first double-eagle ever,’ he said. ‘So it was tough; it was tough the next five holes to get my head around it and just play the course.’ Watson produced one of the greatest improvised shots of all time when he hooked a ball 40 yards with a 52-degree wedge from 144 yards in the playoff.
Best Masters finish: 2nd (2012)
Previous Masters appearances: 2020 (T23rd), 2019 (T29th), 2018 (T12th), 2017 (T41st), 2016 (T15th), 2015 (T19th), 2014 (T25th), 2013 (MC), 2012 (2nd), 2011 (MC), 2010 (MC), 2009 (MC)
This year will be his 12th appearance but it was when he was just 26, he birdied the last four holes, going 4, 2, 3, 3 for a final-round 66 to win the 2011 Masters by two shots over Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott. That earned him a lifetime exemption to Augusta. He has missed the cut in four of the last six Masters and last year missed it by two shots after rounds of 77 and 72.
Best Masters finish: 1st (2011)
Previous Masters appearances: 2020 (T25th), 2019 (MC), 2018 (MC), 2017 (3rd), 2016 (MC), 2015 (T38th), 2014 (MC), 2013 (T25th), 2012 (T50th), 2011 (1st), 2010 (T30th)
Made his debut at Augusta last year because he won the 2019 John Deere Classic, a PGA Tour event that awards a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship. The 30-year-old has slipped out of the top 100 in the World Rankings at the end of last year, but cashed in at his first Masters appearance, finishing tie 5th which gave him automatic entry into this year’s field.
Best Masters finish: T5th (2020)
Previous Masters appearances: 2020 (T5th)
Also made his debut at Augusta last year, having qualified because he was in the world’s top 50 published before the originally scheduled Masters Tournament at Week 11 (15 March 2020). He finished T38th on debut but then went on a run when he won back-to-back European Tour events and finished the year ranked 34th in the world, which gave him entry into the Masters field.
Best Masters finish: T38th (2020)
Previous Masters appearances: 2020 (T38th)
BEST SA PERFORMERS
2020 Dylan Frittelli (T5th)
2019 Justin Harding (T12th)
2018 Louis Oosthuizen (T12th)
2017 Charl Schwartzel (3rd)
2016 Louis Oosthuizen (T15th)
2015 Louis Oosthuizen (T19th)
2014 Louis Oosthuizen (25th)
2013 Tim Clark (T11th)
2012 Louis Oosthuizen (2nd)
2011 Charl Schwartzel (1st)
2010 Trevor Immelman (T14th)
2009 Tim Clark (T13th)
2008 Trevor Immelman (1st)
2007 Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini (T2nd)
2006 Tim Clark (2nd)
2005 Retief Goosen (T3rd)
2004 Ernie Els (2nd)
2003 Ernie Els (T6th)
2002 Retief Goosen (2nd)
2001 Ernie Els (T6th)
2000 Ernie Els (2nd)
1961, 1974, 1978: Gary Player (1st)