South African Charl Schwartzel is glad to be back on home soil as he looks for a positive end to an up and down year at the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Schwartzel 40/1 – Tournament Outright).

The 34-year-old has not won a tournament since March 2016 and is now down at 74th in the world rankings from a high of ninth in 2011, the year in which he claimed his only major triumph at the Masters.

It has been a poor year by his previous high standards, with a share of second at the Players Championship an obvious high, while he also recorded another three top-10s.

However, there have also been eight missed cuts and a number of low finishes when the man from Johannesburg has been way behind the leader and never in contention.

He is now back in his homeland – a place where he has enjoyed plenty of success in previous years, winning eight times in South Africa to date.

It remains to be seen if Schwartzel can do the business once again but he is clearly happy to be in the land of his birth.

“Obviously as a South African, this tournament is really close to us and it’s the first tournament that I came to watch live and watch your heroes play,” he said.

“For us, I think it’s probably more special, and for the foreigners it’s a great tournament. Sun City is a great venue. It’s always really good to be back here.”

The 11-time European Tour winner will need to get past some big-name stars if he is to add to that tally on Sunday, with Rory McIlroy (7/1), Sergio Garcia (9/1) and compatriot Louis Oosthuizen (14/1) all set to tee it up.

Odds subject to change.

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