Before returning to competition, Louis Oosthuizen breaks his silence on blowing the Open on the final day.
Following his disappointment on the last day of The Open, Louis Oosthuizen has spoken out.
Prior to his return to action at the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities, Louis Oosthuizen has finally spoken about his Open Championship disappointment.
The South African went into the final round of the Open Championship last week with a one-shot lead after leading the tournament for 54 holes.
Oosthuizen’s outstanding opening three days will go down in Open history, as his 129 in the first two rounds set a new Championship record for the lowest score at the halfway stage.
However, in his all-important final round on Sunday, the 38-year-old unable to repeat his heroics from earlier in the week, shooting a disappointing one-over-par 71, tying him for third with world number one Jon Rahm.
Collin Morikawa took advantage of the South African’s setback, shooting a four-under-par 66 to win by two strokes over Jordan Spieth in second place.
No golfer has been in contention on a major Sunday more than the 38-year-old since his first – and only – major championship victory at the 2010 Open Championship.
Oosthuizen has come agonizingly close to major glory nine times since his victory at St. Andrews, finishing second seven times and third twice, including last Sunday’s tie with Rahm.
Despite this, three of the South African’s top-three finishes have come in the last three majors, leaving him in great shape for the rest of the season.
As a result, the 2010 Open winner is looking forward to getting back out on the course at the 3M Open in Minneapolis this week.
Despite his recent significant near-misses, the 38-year-outlook old’s appeared to be more than upbeat ahead of his return to action.
“I’d look back on all of my major finishes and the way I played them to be extremely pleased of what I accomplished, and being able to perform at major levels is what it’s all about,” he added.
“But I’ll still have a couple majors in me, and hopefully I’ll be able to get another one under my belt.” It will provide me with more incentive than being disappointed.”
Oosthuizen will try to put his Open defeat behind him. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”