Masters 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel has dedicated his dramatic and unprecedented win to his father at Augusta.

The South African made a final-round 66 after he birdied his last four holes. Afterwards, he dedicated his first major championship to his dad and spoke of how he was inspired by fellow countrymen Louis Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews, and three-time major champion Ernie Els.

Schwartzel said, My dad played such a big part in my golf and without him I wouldn't have the golf swing I have or be where I am now.

To see Louis win the Open was just such a big inspiration. Just to see him do it made me realise that it is possible and it just took me over the barrier of thinking that a major is too big for someone to win.

We grew up together from a young age and we still play almost every single practice round together. We used to play every single team event, every tournament against each other and we represented South Africa for so long. We always travelled together, so we basically are the best of mates.

Schwartzel would have had no hopes to wear the green jacket at the start of Sunday's final, but when leader Rory McIlroy saw his four-shot lead vanish, he carded five birdies and an eagle which won him the major by two strokes.

It was a phenomenal day, Schwartzel went on. Scott (Adam) and Day (Jason) were making birdies and I needed to do something. There were so many roars going round Augusta, especially the back nine. It echoes through those trees.

Every single hole you walk down, someone has done something. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking at the leaderboard but sometimes I would look at it and not register what I was looking at, and I think that sort of helped.

His caddy Greg Hearmon also did his part in helping Schwartzel keep his cool.

You dream of these things but you don't expect them to happen, said Hearmon. Charl was calm down the stretch. It's a cliche but we just took it one shot at a time. It was one of those days, we just seemed to have perfect numbers, perfect yardages.

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