Baby complication for Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen is only four strokes off the lead at the SA Open – but his wife could go into labour at any moment.
Louis Oosthuizen heads into the weekend at the South African Open only four strokes off the lead – but with his wife expected to go into labour at any moment.
And he says he won’t think twice about walking off the golf course to be with her if he can get there in time.
“If this baby is anything like Nel-Marie (his wife), it will be fighting to get out of there as soon as possible; but if it’s like me, next week is time enough,” Oosthuizen joked after shooting a catch-up, second-round three-under-par 69 that took him from joint 6th into a tie for fourth with Italian World Cup winner Edoardo Molinari and left him four behind the second-round leader Pablo Martin.
Martin, a 23-year-old Spaniard, is bidding for a back-to-back victory here at Pearl Valley after his career-turn-around win last week in the Alfred Dunhill championship at Leopard Creek and at 11-under-133 at halfway here at Pearl Valley, leads by two from Denmark’s Anders Hansen heading into the weekend.
“It’s our first baby and I really want to share the experience with Nel-Marie. The deal is that if she goes into labour today or tomorrow, I’ll go home straightaway. But if I am in contention on Sunday, I will talk to the doctor and make a decision.
“I don’t know much about these things; labour I mean; but the doctor said it could go quickly or take quite long. So I will take his advice. It there’s enough time for me to get to Mossel Bay to be there for the birth, I’ll go. If he tells me I won’t make it, I’ll stay and play.”
Oosthuizen’s wife is at their home at the cliff-top Pinnacle Point Golf Club at Mossel Bay, impatiently awaiting their first born.
“She is surrounded by our family members; we’ve covered all the bases. All I asked is that they keep me up to date. But I still feel like I’m treading on eggshells.”
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