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Els, Schwartzel even before final round

Updated: March 14, 2010, 3:38 AM ET
Associated Press

DORAL, Fla. -- Charl Schwartzel has been looking up to Ernie Els for as long as he has been around golf.

Schwartzel was a toddler when his father and Els played together in a team event they won at a local club in South Africa. He remembers going to his first golf tournament, the Million Dollar Challenge, to watch the Big Easy. He even became an affiliate member of Els' foundation, traveling with the team of junior golfers.

"He was like my big hero," Schwartzel said Saturday.

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