South African Louis Oosthuizen wins the British Open
- South African Louis Oosthuizen wins his first Grand Slam title with a lead of seven strokes over Lee Westwood.
This victory was so unexpected and the winner of the British Golf Open a complete unknown, the first main issue was how to pronounce his name… The South African Louis Oosthuizen (pronounced “uusteizjhen”) took advantage of the benefits given by the wind on Friday and his game in the last two days to get into the history of world golf and win the third Major of the year.
What happened to Oosthuizen during this tournament, which had never made the cut in three previous editions, was not a stroke of luck, at least not in these four days. He won with authority, he ended seven strokes ahead of the second place, the Englishman Lee Westwood, and became the first player since 1964, when Tony Lema from the U.S. won, getting the silver trophy with no previous history.
Oosthuizen, 27 (born October 19, 1982), turned professional in 2002 and has only won one professional tournament, the Open de Andalucia (Spain) this year. The PGA Tour website did not even have a review of him until this Sunday … “It’s unbelievable,” said Oosthuizen, a former farmer who was mentored by his compatriot Ernie Els. “It was difficult to lead so notoriously and remain calm and concentrated, but I kept quiet all the way. This is great,” he added. “I was playing really well all week,” confessed the winner, who had arrived at St. Andrews as the number 54 in the world rankings and is now the fourth South African to win the British Open after Bobby Locke (1949, 1950, 1952, 1957), Gary Player (1954, 1968, 1974) and Els ( 2002), his mentor.