Louis Oosthuizen Cruises To 2010 British Open Title

July 18, 2010 – By Scott

It has been a week since the World Cup concluded in South Africa. The celebrations are now gone that surrounded the popular soccer tournament for nearly a month. Now, Louis Oosthuizen has given that region of the world another reason to celebrate as he has captured the 2010 British Open title.

Oosthuizen has been the headline over the past few days at St. Andrews, not only for how one was supposed to pronounce his name, but his play as well. The 27-year old who had only made one cut in his eight majors, blew away the field in the final two rounds and made it look very easy in the process. Over his final 35 holes, Oosthuizen only had two bogeys which is unbelievable considering the very windy conditions the PGA field was playing under.

Paul Casey was the only golfer to come close on Sunday as Oosthuizen never let anyone get within 3 shots of his lead. Oosthuizen ended that threat though as he nailed a 50-foot eagle putt on the ninth to recushion his lead. Casey fell out of contention three holes later after a triple bogey doomed his fate. Casey finished in a tie for third with Rory McIlroy who shot a 68 on Sunday and Henrik Stenson who shot a 71.

“Nobody was going to stop him,” said Casey. “He didn’t miss a shot today. I don’t know if he missed one all week. That was four days of tremendous golf. He didn’t flinch today.”

Oostuizen finished the day with a 1-under 71 after leading the final 48 holes. He finished 7 shots ahead of second place finisher Lee Westwood. For the tournament, he shot a 16-under 272 and became the first player since Tony Lema to win his first major at St. Andrews.

Tiger Woods never got within contention over the final two rounds. Even switching putters did not help Tiger get back to his “old” self. At the start of the tournament, many thought this would be the tournament where the world would witness a revival in his game, especially since he won at the course in 2000 and 2005 and not only won, but won by a lot. Putting seemed to be his downfall this weekend according to Woods who finshed in a tie for 23rd.

“One of the worst putting weeks I’ve ever had,” said Woods.

Oosthuizen played the final hour with a huge smile on is face, trying to keep back his emotions. He was calm all weekend but coming off the 18th green showed exactly how he felt as he embraced his family. His wife, Nel-Mare, said something that will make Oosthuizen just as happy as winning the tournament.

“I will say, ‘That’s the day Daddy makes us the proudest,” his wife said. “And we’ll never forget it.”

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