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Oosthuizen wins shot of the year

Last updated: 14th January 2013

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Louis Oosthuizen: High-fives allround after the albatross

Louis Oosthuizen: High-fives allround after the albatross

The good news just keep on rolling in for Louis Oosthuizen after he walked away with the 2012 European Tour Shot of the Year.

Just a day after he overcame a five-shot deficit to win the Volvo Golf Champions in Durban, the 30-year-old won the award for his albatross at the US Masters last April.

The South African holed his 253-yard four-iron after it pitched at the front of the green before rolling across the contours - becoming the first player in Masters history to hit a two at the par-second sy Augusta while he is also one of only four players to have made a double-eagle at the Masters.

"It has to be the most memorable shot of my career so far," Oosthuizen said.

"To have an albatross is rare enough, but to have one in the final round at Augusta when you're in contention to win The Masters was very special and something I'll always remember when I look back on my career.

"I knew the shot was good as soon as I'd hit it, but I didn't know just how good until I heard the cheers from the people behind the green.

"Augusta is really known for its Sunday roars, so to hear the noise when the ball dropped into the hole was a great feeling."

Despite that brilliant shot, the former Open champion was forced to settle for second at the Masters after he lost the play-off to Bubba Watson.

"Unfortunately I couldn't quite finish the job off in the afternoon, but winning the European Tour Shot of the Year is some consolation."

Oosthuizen also won a car in Durban this week after he won the two-round pro-am event at the Volvo Champions event, but he decided to swap it for an excavator for his farm.



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