The 2010 Open Champion is excited to be back at the oldest major and while he missed the cut at the Scottish Open last week there are good signs that King Louis could produce some great links golf this week.
“I haven’t played links golf in a while and last week was a shock to the system. I played okay and I’m looking forward to this week. I played here in 2006 and it’s a great golf course, so it’s nice to be back into this type of golf,” he said.
The 31-year-old ranks ninth in the Race to Dubai, but he’s only competed in eight European events this season. Injury issues that led to cortisone injections in his back were the main inhibiter to Oosthuizen’s season, but he did win the Volvo Golf Champions in January this year.
A tie for second at the Maybank Malaysian Open in April was his last top-five result, but a return to the tricky links style could spark the turnaround that Oosthuizen has been looking for.
“It gets you going when you know that you’re playing The Open. It gets you ready for the week when you see all of the banners and grandstands. It’s going to be tough, like any Open should be, and you’ve just to stay out of the tall grass,” he said.
A week ago he missed the cut, but the Mossel Bay local was far from disappointed with his form.
“I feel fine and I’m hitting nice shots. In Scotland I struggled a bit in the first round, but I played a really decent second round. Last week did me good, so I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do here this week,” he said.