In spite of his playoff losses at The Masters and The Barclays Singapore Open, Louis Oosthuizen has clocked up 13 top-10s and two wins on either side of the Atlantic this year
He heads for the Nedbank Golf Challenge in search of his third 2012 victory, which would cap off whatÂs been a great season marred by a few unlucky moments.
ÂI am satisfied with what I have achieved, but also disappointed as well, losing in two playoffs is not the record you want. I think I win here would really end the year on a high for me, but just being back here in the country is great playing. I always say three wins in one season would be great, I have done two, I have done two in 2010 as well, so hopefully I can squeeze one in this week,Â he said.
The 30-year-old is nearly surgically accurate with his driver, and around a layout like Gary Player Country Club thatÂs a real asset. Add to this the four straight top-10s heÂs made in his last month on the European Tour, and it seems like Oosthuizen is due a win.
ÂI have been playing very well that last few months, it is always nice being back here, it is always nice playing in front of your own crowd and I am looking forward to the week. Hopefully can pull it through this week,Â he said.
HeÂll face the likes of Lee Westwood and Justin Rose, but should most closely watch his friend and countryman Charl Schwartzel.
ÂWe are so grooved in playing tournament, once you tee up you go into tournament mode and play it as any other,Â said Schwartzel. ÂYou are competing against some of the best in the World. I do not care who you are, it is never nice not to play well, so youÂre always going to give it your best and see if you can win.Â
The lanky Vereeniging local tore his intercostal muscle earlier in the year, but showed that his recovery is complete at the DP World Tour Championship last week, where he finished tied third behind the spectacular Rory McIlroy.
ÂI had a bit of misfortune at the US Open, I tore my intercostal muscles and that put me back a long way. Finally now for the last month and a half it has been pretty much pain free and I have been able to work on the swing again and get it back to where it was. Slowly, but surely, it is on the way back up,Â he said.
ÂI do not expect anything, because it is too recent for me to really say what is going, but it is definitely turning. In Dubai I put four good rounds together and that is what you need to do.Â