“I feel pretty good every time I go in on this week. I love the place, love the golf course,” said Louis Oosthuizen ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, which begins at Leopard Creek on Thursday.
The world number 15 was runner up twice in the majors this year and was driven to claim a win before the end of 2015.
“It was a good season that could have been a lot better, with one of the majors being a win. Other than that I played well in a lot of events. A season always feels empty if you don’t get a win, so I’d love for one in the next two weeks,” he said.
Standing in his way will be defending champ Branden Grace and three-time winner Charl Schwartzel, both of whom are in great form heading into the week.
“I think this week will be a tough one,” said Oosthuizen. “There is a good field, with Charl and Branden playing really well at the moment. Hopefully I can stay in range and then on Sunday pip them by one.”
The 2010 Open Champion plays a full international schedule, which leads to lulls in form when fatigue sets in. A return to home soil and a week on the boarder of Kruger National Park should do wonders for his state of being, which could lead to something special.
“I’m a bit refreshed this week, coming back after nine months. It’s great being back in the country and I’m loving this golf course. I’m looking forward to the week and I think I’m mentally a bit stronger than I was a few years back,” he said.
It has been a fruitful season for the 33-year-old, who shared second at both the US Open and The Open Championship. The only concern regarding his chances at Leopard Creek would be his health, but the seven-time European Tour winner reckons he’s in good shape.
“I feel great. I worked really hard on getting the body stronger. Now and then I have little niggles, but nothing close to what I have been suffering with,” he said.
Watch out for King Louis this week.