SA at The Open: Louis Oosthuizen

In 2010 Louis Oosthuizen romped to victory at The Open and on that fateful Sunday at St. Andrews his unusual surname became a household quip. From growing up in Mossel Bay to winning the oldest major he’s come a long way.


Links golf suits Oosthuizen, whose home town is windy more often than not. Unlike his father and brother, King Louis chose golf over tennis and spent most of his childhood practicing at Mossel Bay Golf Club. His early career was supported by the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation, which he joined in 2000.


Oosthuizen has won seven times on the Sunshine Tour including successfully defending his title at the 2012 Africa Open. He also set up his own foundation to assist the growth of the game in his home town and enjoys farm life; he famously bought a tractor with his winnings from the 2010 Open Championship.


“It’s The Open and ever since you were a kid you wanted to play in it and try to win. Every time you arrive for the week it gets your spirits up. It gets you going when you know that you’re playing this major. 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.


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