The clock is ticking on Charl Schwartzel.
He may be a Masters champion for the rest of his life, but he's only got another month left with his green jacket. That's because since the early 1960's, Augusta National has required all winners to return their famed wardrobe prize after a year. It's a rule that is not lost on the South African.
"I wore it I don't know how many times. It traveled with me the whole of last year," Schwartzel said on a Tuesday conference call. Basically every single function that we went to, I wore it."
After birdying the final four holes of the 2011 Masters to win in epic fashion, Schwartzel headed to the Malaysian Open and pictures surfaced of him wearing the jacket in flight. The fashionable badge of honor hasn't left his side for the past 11 months, and he claims to have worn it at nearly 25 functions. He wanted to make the most of his time, and leaving it at home wasn't an option because he's only there every eight weeks or so.
"I took it with me. I never put it in a suitcase. I had it in my hands every time," Schwartzel said. "Only risk I suppose you take is when you go out to play the tournament and you have to leave it in the cupboard in the hotel room."Full Story >>