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Charl Schwartzel dedicates victory to father

Masters champion Charl Schwartzel dedicated his win to his father after a dramatic birdie run on the back nine saw him claim the Green Jacket by two shots.

Schwartzel said: "My dad played such a big part in my golf and without him I wouldn't have the golf swing I have or be where I am now."

His immaculate swing helped him card five birdies and an eagle to fight off competition from Aussie pair Adam Scott and Jason Day in a thrilling finish to the first major of the season.

The South African, wearing a charcoal grey striped Nike golf shirt, was helped into his Green Jacket by 2010 champion Phil Mickelson.

"It was a phenomenal day. Scott and Day were making birdies and I needed to do something.

"There were so many roars going round Augusta, especially the back nine. It echoes through those trees."

Schwartzel said he had been inspired by fellow countryman Louis Oosthuizen's seven shot Open victory at St Andrews in 2010.

His triumph at Augusta now moves Schwartzel into the world number 11 spot.
 

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