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Long haul awaits Schwartzel McIlroy

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – It may be a long, quiet flight for Charl Schwartzel from Georgia to Kuala Lumpur for next week’s Malaysian Open.

The newly fitted Masters champion is scheduled to be on the same 5 p.m. (ET) flight on Monday out of Atlanta to Asia as Rory McIlroy, who began Sunday’s final round with a four-stroke lead, played the first three holes on the closing nine in 6 over and tied for 15th place.

“Sometimes there’s nothing you can say,” Schwartzel said. “He’s going to feel hurt. It’s not easy what he’s went through. But he’s a good enough player to come back out and win.”

Nor will Schwartzel have much to say, at least not on late-night American television. The South African’s manager confirmed late Sunday that he will not change his travel plans to go on any of the late-night talk shows, which has become something of a major championship staple.