The almost man is again within the thick of the motion.
In equity, although, Louis Oosthuizen has hardly ever been out of rivalry in majors this 12 months. Following runners-up finishes on the US Open and US PGA, the South African made a powerful begin in his bid to go one higher, along with his opening spherical of 64 offering an ideal instance of the persistence required to thrive on this unforgiving course.
Oosthuizen’s taking part in companions regarded as if they might have benefitted from his instruction for lengthy intervals of a blustery opening day, with defending champion Shane Lowry and US Open winner Jon Rahm each labouring in rounds of 1 over par.
Louis Oosthuizen is proving his main price after posting an excellent 64 at Sandwich, Kent
‘I don’t suppose they performed poorly however on this course should you get out of place on the tee you received’t get many alternatives for birdies,’ was Oosthuizen’s charitable verdict.
The South African was pressured to bide his time, starting with seven pars earlier than birdies at eight and 9 sparked a cost which noticed him end the again 9 in solely 31 strokes.
When he scrambled to keep away from a bogey on the final, it was the one time he checked out all troubled.
His six underneath par is Oosthuizen’s lowest ever rating in a serious and one shot higher than his opening spherical when he received the Claret Jug in 2010.
The 38-year-old South African has been the perennial bridesmaid with current shut efforts
It definitely units him up nicely for a tilt at emulating what stays his solely main win.
Oosthuizen has turn into one thing of a perennial bridesmaid since that sudden triumph at St Andrews when he was ranked 54th on the planet.
He has two subsequent runners-up spots on the US Open and US PGA and one apiece on the Open and US Masters. However even competing for main titles once more represents appreciable progress following a droop by which he went nearly three years with no tour win between 2015 and 2018.
The 38-year-old attributes his current enchancment to refocusing on his placing and retaining religion in a Ping Voss putter, reasonably than repeatedly altering.
‘I’ve a bag of putters that I’m going to throw within the river sooner or later,’ he stated on Thursday. ‘I used to vary my putter often however that’s no technique to get consistency.
Nonetheless, a affected person mindset may give him the momentum to win his second main title
‘In my thoughts this was the proper spherical. I don’t suppose I made many errors and took benefit of some alternatives. I do know from expertise that in main championships it’s a must to present persistence.’
Oosthuizen insists there are not any psychological scars from his current run of near-misses. Getting the higher of Rahm so comprehensively on the opening day will definitely have boosted his confidence after the Spaniard beat him by a single stroke at Torrey Pines final month.
‘It relies upon should you misplaced it or another person received it,’ stated Oosthuizen when he thought-about the psychological toll of ending second.
‘Within the final two tournaments I feel I simply misplaced to a greater golfer. You need to neglect about it and go once more.’
The serial silver medallist will resume on Friday along with his eyes set firmly on securing that silver jug once more.
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