Oosthuizen is in it to win it
– 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.