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Schwartzel enjoying defending champion role

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – When Charl Schwartzel won the Masters last year it never occurred to him that he made birdie on the last four holes to win. Imagine that, the one thing that he most remembered about the round was the one thing he forgot.

“I wasn’t even conscious of the four birdies that I just made,” Schwartzel said Tuesday at Augusta National. “I was just over the moon putting on the green jacket.

“Obviously afterwards, everyone started going on about the four birdies that I made. I went home and I watched it and it looked pretty spectacular on the TV.”

Focus then turned to the Champions Dinner, which Schwartzel is hosting Tuesday here in Augusta. The one menu item that stood out was a monkey gland sauce that will be used for various types of South African barbeque.

“It’s got nothing related to the name,” Schwartzel said. “There’s no monkey and there’s no gland.”

Schwartzel admitted that he’s nervous about hosting the dinner. Not nervous about his menu choices, rather nervous to be in among such an esteemed group for the first time in his life.

“I’m going to be around obviously past champions and legends that I never got to see play,” he said. “I think it’s going to be an unbelievable evening. But there is a bit of nerves that come with it.