South African Major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel partner again for 2021 Zurich Classic
Two South African players, both winners of a major each and both with 13 international titles each, will enter as a team again in the 2021 Zurich Classic.
Charl Schwartzel won the Masters in 2011 and Louis Oosthuizen took The Open Championship in 2010.
They placed third as a team in the 2018 Zurich Classic, one of three teams of major champions that year in the field (Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk/David Duval).
Schwartzel won his Masters title 50 years after fellow South African Gary Player became the first international winner of the green jacket. Schwartzel tied for 25th in this year’s Masters.
In his career, Schwartzel has placed in the top 25 a total of 83 times on his PGA TOUR since 2005. In addition to his 2011 Masters title, he won the 2016 Valspar Championship. He has won another 13 tournaments on the European, Asian and South African tours.
Oosthuizen, ranked 31st in the world, has won a single major title, The Open Championship in 2010 at St. Andrews. But he has lost two playoffs for other major titles, to Bubba Watson in the 2012 Masters and to Zach Johnson and Marc Leishman in The 2015 Open Championship.
The Zurich Classic field so far includes half of the top 10 ranked players in the world.
Oosthuizen and Schwartzel join several high profile teams previously announced to play the 2021 Zurich Classic including:
Defending champion Jon Rahm, ranked 3rd in the world, with Ryan Palmer, ranked 28th
Collin Morikawa, ranked 4th in the world, with Matthew Wolff, ranked 25th
Xander Schauffele, ranked 5th in the world, with Patrick Cantlay, ranked 10th
Tyrrell Hatton, ranked 8th in the world, with fellow Englishman and former Master winner Danny Willett
Billy Horschel, ranked 18th in the world, with former LSU All-American Sam Burns.
Tony Finau, ranked 12th in the world with Cameron Champ.
The Zurich Classic is the only team tournament on the PGA TOUR season. Since launching the team format in 2017, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has drawn some of the highest ranking fields for any regular-season tournament on the PGA TOUR.
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