Schwartzel to miss South African Open after illness


Charl Schwartzel will miss the South African Open from Jan. 7-10, as he continues to recover from an illness that left him hospitalized.

Per Reuters: "The former U.S Masters winner has been in and out of hospital in recent days for rehydration treatment after being afflicted by a stomach virus, as were many family members gathered for the festive season."

"I am hugely disappointed to be missing out on the SA Open," Schwartzel said in a statement. "Everybody knows how keen I am to win our national Open and, having come so close the last couple of years and following my good form at Leopard Creek, I was really looking forward to contending at Glendower.

"I look forward to being strong and healthy in time for the Joburg Open the following week, however."

Schwartzel has enjoyed considerable success in his home country. A two-time winner of the Joburg Open and a four-time winner of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, he came out on top at the latter event once again in November.

The 31-year-old Johannesburg native has also previously won the Africa Open and the now-defunct Vodacom Championship, both of which were played in South Africa.

Schwartzel nearly won his first South African Open last year but blew a five-shot lead in the final round before falling to Andy Sullivan in a playoff.