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From, Masters’ champion mistaken for waiter



When they thought Schwartzel was a waiter

Masters winner reveals his embarrassing moment

Posted: 2 June 2011
by Golfmagic

Charl Schwartzel has revealed a case of mistaken identity when he attended the European Tour’s Players awards night at the Soffitel Hotel near Heathrow last week.

The South African joined reigning major champions Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer on stage for an historic photograph, proudly wearing his Augusta National Golf Club green jacket – all four being members of the European Tour and playing in the BMW PGA Championship.

It was a black tie affair but Schwartzel was the only guest not wearing the apppropriate dress code.

“The staff at the hotel were a little alarmed. They thought I was a waiter!” Schwartzel revealed at this week’s US PGA Tour event – The Memorial in Ohio.

He also explained that for the ten months up until his Masters defence next April, he can wear the jacket whenever he likes. After that Augusta protocol demands he’s officially only allowed to wear it around the Georgia club’s premises.

“I can take it pretty much with me everywhere,” he said. “If you get to keep it only for a year, you’ve got to enjoy it.”

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Yep, looks like a waiter to me. Or, more accurately, a  maitre d‘ from a cheesy Catskills hotel.