After letting a serious title slip away for the third time this yr, Louis Oosthuizen tried to rapidly pivot to his subsequent alternative.
He is hoping the frustration and doubt of shedding the final-round lead Sunday within the British Open have been left behind at Royal St. George’s, or a minimum of someplace over the Atlantic Ocean whereas he flew on a constitution carrying 30 gamers from the season’s closing main to Minnesota for the 3M Open.
“I believe I’m glad that I entered on this occasion to form of get again in there and play and not likely sit round at residence and enthusiastic about the disappointing Sunday final week. I’m pleased to be out right here, see the golf course and searching ahead to this week,” Oosthuizen stated after enjoying in a pro-am Wednesday on the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, a suburb of Minneapolis that first hosted this PGA Tour cease in 2019.
Oosthuizen, the late-blooming, eminently likeable, gap-toothed, 38-year-old South African, shot a 71 on Sunday to tie for third on the British Open. He received the occasion in 2010.
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Although he has by no means received a daily PGA Tour occasion, his unusual surname has been one of many greatest in golf this summer time. He was second to Phil Mickelson on the PGA Championship in Could. He gave away the U.S. Open in June with a final-round tee shot right into a canyon on the seventeenth as Jon Rahm took over and Oosthuizen tied for second. Collin Morikawa snagged the claret jug on the British Open, and Oosthuizen uncharacteristically left the course with out addressing reporters.
“Ultimately I used to be simply too far behind and wanted to pressure issues and simply couldn’t make up the pictures,” Oosthuizen stated. “It’s form of you don’t wish to at all times speak about shut once more, ending second, ending third, so I wasn’t actually up for that dialog proper there.”
By the subsequent day, Oosthuizen stated, he was already feeling higher.
“Collin performed the best way it’s best to play to win a serious, particularly on a Sunday. He didn’t make many errors, and when he did make a mistake, he made unbelievable up-and-downs for pars. It was simply irritating as a result of I knew my sport was positively there to have an excellent stable day,” stated Oosthuizen, who’s one in every of six gamers within the 156-player discipline who turned down a spot within the Olympics. The others are Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Emiliano Grillo, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Camilo Villegas.
This shall be Oosthuizen’s first look within the 3M Open. He’ll tee off Thursday in a fan-favorite trio with Johnson and Bubba Watson.
With the heavy COVID-19 restrictions in Tokyo for the Summer season Video games and the World Golf Basic due up in two weeks because the FedEx Cup race (he is at the moment thirteenth) enters the ultimate stretch, Oosthuizen opted out of the possibility to get a gold medal. There’s the Race to Dubai competitors on the European Tour (he is in third place) to bear in mind, too.
“4 majors and world occasions are the occasions that I grew up enjoying for and the occasions that I actually wish to give attention to,” Oosthuizen stated.
Johnson (No. 2), Oosthuizen (No. 9), Patrick Reed (No. 13) and Tony Finau (No. 19) are the one top-20 gamers on this planet rating entered within the 3M Open, which was received final yr by Michael Thompson and Matthew Wolff in 2019. Johnson withdrew attributable to again stiffness after a first-round 78 final yr.
Johnson recovered from that damage to win his first FedEx Cup. He is at the moment fifteenth within the standings and desirous to see and listen to the followers on the course in Minnesota that have been lacking final yr.
“The golf course, it’s in good situation,” Johnson stated. “I loved enjoying it final yr, so I needed to come back again and play once more.