Four behind Rory McIlroy entering the final round of the 2011 Masters and without a top-ten major finish, Schwartzel chipped in for birdie at the first, pitched in for eagle on the third and then birdied the last four holes for a sparkling 66.
With McIlroy crashing to an 80 the South African beat Australians Adam Scott and Jason Day by two shots, 50 years to the day after fellow South African Gary Player became the first non-American winner at Augusta National.
He has 11 European Tour titles, eight of them on home soil, four Presidents Cup caps, another victory in America in 2016 when he defeated Bill Haas in a play-off for the Valspar Championship and back at the Masters came third behind Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose in 2017.
He has had top-20 finishes in five Opens, his liking for links golf first illustrated when he won the English amateur stroke play title at Royal Cinque Ports in 2002, and clinched his spot at Royal Portrush with a tie for third in December’s South African Open, part of The Open Qualifying Series.
He reached a high of No.6 in the world rankings back in 2012.