• Schwartzel – Saved by a handbag

    Masters champion of 2011 Charl Schwartzel avoided near disaster on the ninth after his approach sailed the green but struck a fan’s handbag.

    The young girl indeed got the fright of her life, but her bag saved Schwartzel from a big number when the ball landed safely inside play – unlike many other shots on Friday that went out of bounds over the back of the green. The fan was duly thanked by gentleman Charl, who gave her a hug after confirming she was unharmed.

    The lie was still precarious but Schwartzel displayed his class with a flop shot and calmly rolled in the testing par putt.

    Schwartzel finished 36 holes at five under par, eight behind the leaders.

    And a hug! Everyone’s happy! #BMWSAOpen

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    The only way is up! Incredible flop and he made the putt too! #BMWSAOpen

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