Oosthuizen eyeing strong recovery

World number seven Louis Oosthuizen is eager to erase the heartbreak of missing the cut at the Masters by putting up a noteworthy debut performance at the Ballantine’s Championship which tees off at the Blackstone Golf Club on Thursday.

Oosthuizen’s uncharacteristically missed the cut at the year’s first Major last week and is determined to bounce back by reproducing his best form that led him to multiple victories worldwide including his Open Championship win in 2010.

“My short game really let me down at the Masters as my putting wasn’t good enough. I had far too many putts, and ended up missing the cut by two,” said Oosthuizen.

“I hit it okay. It was not great, but not terrible either. The greens just got the better of me for the two days. But it hasn’t knocked my confidence too much, and I still feel good about this week.”

The South African is also ready to repay the fine hospitality that the tournament organisers have bestowed on him especially after they had arranged for a private jet to fly him from his Florida home in the United States to Seoul.

“I’ve seen a lot of this tournament on television and heard a lot of good things about it from Ernie Els, so it was an easy decision for me to make. Plus they made it even easier for me to come by putting up a plane all the way from the States over here. That was really nice of them,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to the week and looking forward to seeing what challenges the golf course presents when I play the Pro-Am this afternoon. From the range it looks like some of the holes are quite tight off the tee, so it should be a good test.”