Oosthuizen is in it to win it

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Ken Bor­land Sun City

– Louis Oosthuizen, above, has been out­side the win­ner’s cir­cle for more than two years, but the 2010 Open cham­pion al­ways seems to raise his game on the big­gest stages.

While the Perth In­ter­na­tional win in Fe­bru­ary 2016 was his last ti­tle, Oosthuizen has been con­sis­tently good in the Ma­jors, with three top-30 fin­ishes in the Masters, US Open and British Open this year, fol­low­ing his run­ner-up fin­ish in last year’s PGA Cham­pi­onship, the tour­na­ment he had to miss this year due to a back in­jury. The 36-year-old con­firmed that the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge is also a tour­na­ment that gets his com­pet­i­tive juices flow­ing, es­pe­cially since his best fin­ish at Sun City was fourth in 2012.

“I al­ways give ev­ery­thing and try to win in the Ma­jors, I played well in them this year, just without get­ting those good four rounds go­ing. It’s get­ting tougher to win world events, but I’ll just keep work­ing and try to find that edge. This is also such a big event as a South African.

“It’s great tee­ing off in front of your home crowd and I would love to win it for them. Once you’re off the first tee then you go into your own world a bit, but once you’re in that sit­u­a­tion of con­tend­ing in the last few holes, then there are far more nerves,” Oosthuizen said.

While the Sun City prize fund of $7.5 mil­lion is well short of that on of­fer at the Ma­jors, the lure of that fa­mous crys­tal ball tro­phy is mas­sive for South African golfers.

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