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World ranking: 59.

Worldwide wins: 2.

Majors: None.

At his best in 2012: Winning the Abu Dhabi Championship against the strongest field on the European Tour this year.

At his worst in 2012: Failing to finish in the top 10 in stroke play since winning at Abu Dhabi.

British Open moment: A 67-69 weekend, the best at St. Andrews in 2010, to tie for seventh.

Pot bunker mentality: He was tied for the lead with Tiger Woods, playing in the final group, and beat him to win the Abu Dhabi Championship. When something like that happens, the year rarely ends without a player doing something else special.

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CHARL SCHWARTZEL

Age: 27.

Country: South Africa.

World ranking: 18.

Worldwide wins: 7.

Majors: Masters (2011).

At his best in 2012: Served a dinner that Masters champions were raving about.

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