Date: October 16, 2012
Author: Greig Johnston, Omnisport

Schwartzel likes what he sees in Perth

South African Charl Schwartzel is hoping to use his win over Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at last week&aposs World Golf Final in Turkey as a springboard to propel him back up the rankings. Schwartzel has endured a difficult few months since reaching a career-high ranking of six in March, but found some form last week to defeat McIlroy and Woods – the world number one and two respectively – in the matchplay event in Belek. And, as he prepares for the European Tour&aposs Perth International in Western Australia, the 28-year-old said he was keen to head back towards the top of the standings. “I had a really good time in Turkey last week,” the world number 31 said. “(I) played some good golf. “The draw (for the World Golf Final) was done back in April when I was still sixth in the world. As it went on, I didn&apost play too well from then up until recently. (Manager Chubby Chandler) said to me: &aposwell, you&aposre still in the field but you&aposre playing Tiger and Rory the first two rounds&apos. “Well, that worked out actually pretty good for me. I built some good confidence, played against them and just showed that the game is still there somewhere. “I&aposve been falling in the world rankings, so if I come out here and have a good week, I can start climbing back up.” Schwartzel said he was hampered mid-year by a rib injury that forced him to take four weeks off, but is confident some good form is just around the corner. “I actually tore my intercostal muscle,” he said. “I was told to take off seven weeks or so. I came back after four. “It sort of healed but it still bothered me. Those things do play a factor, it really does. It put me back two months.” Schwartzel puts his drop in form down to the vagaries of the game, and feels every top player goes through their tough patches. “If you follow this game, you play this game for a long time, it&aposs just golf I suppose,” he said. “You have your ups and downs, and I haven&apost been playing that badly. I&aposve just been finishing 30th and 20th and 40th most of the time. I&aposve just not been finishing or I&aposve been playing sort of three rounds good and then one round very average or bad. (I&aposm) just not putting four consistent, good rounds together.” And the South African feels the Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Perth&aposs north could be just the place to get back in the winners&apos circle. “I&aposve always enjoyed playing golf courses that&aposs got these sort of established trees. It gives me a lot of definition, I see the shots better,” Schwartzel said. “So straight away, I feel very comfortable on a golf course like this. “It&aposs all right up in front of you, most of it. You can see what you&aposre doing. So I really do enjoy playing these sort of courses.”