Schwartzel honored by European Tour

Charl Schwartzel made four straight birdies on his final holes at Augusta to win the Masters.
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VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Masters champion Charl Schwartzel has become the sixth South African golfer to be given honorary life membership of the European Tour.

The seventh-ranked Schwartzel joined Gary Player, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman and Louis Oosthuizen in receiving the award.

Tour chief executive George O'Grady says "it is a great privilege to honor Charl in this way with the highest award we, as a tour, can bestow."

Schwartzel birdied the last four holes at Augusta National to win the Masters by two strokes in April, ensuring European Tour members currently hold all four of the majors.

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