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Charl Schwartzel  and the 5 Most Shocking Masters Champions of All-Time
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Charl Schwartzel was one of the most surprising Masters winners of all-time.

We normally expect the best players to contend and win the major tournaments.

This is particularly true of the Masters, where Jack Nicklaus won six times,Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer won four times and Sam Snead and Phil Mickelson are among the golfers who won the tournament three times.

But every once in a while, a golfer who is off the radar finds a way to contend and win the tournament. When Charl Schwartzel teed it up in 2011, few thought he was going to walk away with the green jacket.

The tournament appeared to be Rory McIlroy's for the taking, as he had a substantial lead heading into the final round. However, when McIlroy struggled, Schwartzel was one of the golfers to charge into contention.

He asserted himself with four birdies on the final four holes, and he ended up winning the Masters with a 14-under-par score of 274. He won the tournament by two strokes over Adam Scott and Jason Day.

While Schwartzel has seven victories on the European Tour, his 2011 Masters victory is his only win on the PGA Tour.

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