9th April 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Green jacket remains elusive for Oosthuizen
The green jacket remains elusive for Louis Oosthuizen as he finished his ninth attempt at the Masters in a share of 12th after rounds of 71, 71, 71, and 69 for a total of six-under 282, nine shots behind the winner, Patrick Reed, at Augusta National Golf Club, on Sunday.
The 2010 Open Championship winner who came close to wearing the green jacket in 2012 when he was defeated by Bubba Watson in a sudden-death play-off, carded a closing round of three-under which had six birdies on the sixth, ninth, 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th. The 35-year-old started his round with a par, followed by a bogey on the second where he carded an historic albatross in 2012, pars on third, fourth, fifth, seventh, eight, 10th and 14th. He struggled on the par-four 11th as he shot a disappointing double bogey.
While he went into the Masters on the back of some solid results – notably a share of ninth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play – he had to settle for the 12th spot which he shared with Charley Hoffman of the United States and Justin Rose of England.
The eight-time European Tour winner moved up from 31 to 28 on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) this week.
The Mossel Bay born-player also boasts a second-place finish in all four majors at differing times.
Last year, he finished second at the PGA Championship while he was also runner up at the US Open and the PGA in 2015. He also came second to Zach Johnson in The Open Championship in 2015.
Other South African players in the field with Oosthuizen were Branden Grace who shared 24th after a total of one over-par 287, Charl Schwartzel, Dylan Frittelli and Trevor Immelman who all missed the cut.