Louis Oosthuizen wants to top the World Ranking, but he’s hovered around sixth and seventh since the beginning of the year. A good result at The Players Championship will change all that.
On Thursday at TPC Sawgrass Oosthuizen did not shoot the impeccable 63 of leader Roberto Castro, but he certainly stayed in it with his 69.
That Thursday 69 by King Louis was enough to secure a share of 17th alongside Masters champion Adam Scott, but plenty of top-ranked players were quicker out the gates.
One such player was Rory McIlroy, who shot a first-round 66 to threaten in a share of second place. The Irish prodigy and world number two understated the round, but seems to have put some of his woes with Nike clubs behind him.
“I feel like I've got the game to contend. I came in here with not much pressure, and just wanted to go out and play well, and that's what I've done so far,” he explained.
Oosthuizen had a busier time at Sawgrass, where he had to deal with drops at the fifth, 13th and 14th. Birdies at the first, sixth, 15th and 16th, along with his eagle at the 11th, were the highlights of the 30-year-old’s round.
The scoring was prime during round one and 67 players managed to break par, including defending champion Matt Kuchar, who opened with one-under-par 71.
Tim Clark, Brendon de Jonge and Charl Schwartzel managed their way round in level par, but need a strong Friday in order to improve on their current position on tied 68th.
Branden Grace and Ernie Els will also head out for a strong Friday after carding one-over-par 73 for the first round, while Rory Sabbatini needs a mammoth score to overcome his first-round 75.