Louis looming on World Ranking

Louis Oosthuizen finished the 2012 season at sixth in the World Ranking, and with the Volvo Golf Champions field packed with heavy-weights, it looks like he might just continue to climb as the 2013 season kicks off.

“You know, it’s been a good season for me. I played really well and I moved up in the World Rankings, which is a big goal of mine, and I’m just going to try and build on that from last year,” he said.

While the 30-year-old didn’t manage to hang a green jacket next to his Claret Jug, he sure came close. And that playoff loss to Bubba Watson at The Masters set the tone for a season in which Oosthuizen took two victories and three second-places, a rollercoaster of good and bad, because every player aims to win. Coming so close, so often can be the toughest hill to climb.

“I mean, 2010 has probably been a highlight season for me, winning The Open. Then it was disappointing with a few injuries, and last year was probably a season where everything sort of came together, almost getting a second major and coming very close to a few tournaments. But also getting two victories,” he said.

And that’s got the bookies backing Oosthuizen at Durban Country Club this week. He’s got one of the purest swings in golf and brings a bit of local knowledge to his challenge, but will have to fend off crowd favourites Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

The Big Easy claimed victory at the SA Open Championship at this venue in 2010 by reaching a massive 25-under-par total, with The Goose finishing just one stroke adrift in second. Add to this Els’ and Goosen’s second-place finish after a playoff loss to Branden Grace at last year’s Volvo Golf Champions, and the old friends look every inch ready to give Oosthuizen a run for his money.

But the Mossel Bay local was, as always, relaxed in his approach to the week and his chances of edging ever closer to World Number One Rory McIlroy.

“I’m just going to go out and play, and like I say, just haven’t really played much golf. So I think there will be a few loose shots and a few rusty shots out there. But you know, luckily it’s a golf course where I’m familiar,” he said.

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