SOUTH African Charl Schwartzel said he was keeping his expectations realistic as he returned to competition this week after eight months out injured.
Schwartzel was forced to take an extended break due to a wrist injury and has not played since missing back-to-back cuts at the US Masters and the RBC Heritage on the USD PGA Tour in April.
The 35-year-old conceded that he was still not fully recovered from the problem as he prepared to tee up in the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in South Africa, a venue where he has enjoyed outstanding success with four victories and four runner-up finishes.
But the 2011 Masters champion, whose world ranking has slumped to 250th, admitted his chances of a fifth win are unlikely and he said is just happy to be back playing.
“I haven’t played for eight months, but if I was ever going to make a comeback, this was going to be the best place for me to start,” he told the European Tour.
“I’m not 100% as I would want to be, but I had a few good weeks practising in America, so I thought I’d come down. For me, just to be able to play and walk the fairways and compete – that will be a win.
“My hand was extremely sore (last week) and I didn’t think I’d tee it up this week, but then on Sunday when I was here, it was very manageable.”
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