Oosthuizen recollects nervous times

Louis Oosthuizen revealed that he was very nervous when he walked out onto the Whistling Straits course for the first time five years ago.

In 2010, the South African arrived on the shores of Lake Michigan having just secured his maiden major win by seven strokes at The Open Championship.

With the media spotlight on him, Oosthuizen played poor golf and failed to make the cut, earning the weekend off in the process.

“I don’t really remember the golf course at all but I do remember back in 2010 that I was very nervous,” the 32-year-old told is quoted as saying on iol.co.za.

“I played with G-Mac [Graeme McDowell] and Phil [Mickelson] the first two rounds, and it was my first major after winning a major so I know I was really, really nervous.

“But this time will be a little more different. I won’t be that nervous. It’s a links-style golf course so I am really looking forward to it.”

However, since that first major win, the Mossel Bay-born golfer has secured five wins on the European Tour.

Oosthuizen is coming of a rollercoaster ride at The Open at St Andrews, where he had a share of the lead going into the final round, fell behind, then snuck into a three-way playoff with Zach Johnson and Marc Leishman. He would miss a ten foot putt on the 18th during the playoff, handing Johnson the win.

“Any playoff defeat is disappointing and at St Andrews especially, it’s a place where I always feel like I am going to do well,” added Oosthuizen.

“I played nicely the whole week. It would have been great to defend at the same course where I’d won before. Not many people have done that so I was really motivated to get a win that week. But no regrets over how I played that week. I played well. Zach just played a bit better.”

The world number 13 has nursed a number of injuries over his career, including a neck strain and hip problem. However, Oosthuizen is feeling great ahead of the weekend.

“It feels great to go to a tournament and not be thinking about whether or not you can play,” he added.

“You can focus a bit more on practising and working on a few things. I just need to keep my body where it is now.”