Excerpts from Louis Oosthuizen interview (T2):
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: Yeah, I’m very happy. I had a rough start. Started awfully, really. The first fairways the first few holes, couldn’t get to greens, had to struggle. 3-over through 4 is not the start you want. I pushed myself the last few holes to be more aggressive on putts. Just to see if I can get to some sort of number. I think to hole that wedge on 14 got me really motivated for those last four holes. Jordan played well. He played well the whole week. I think after my start the first round, I’m very happy for where I am now.
Q. You made birdie on 6 of the last 7 holes, that’s an amazing stretch, especially under the pressure of championship Sunday. How proud of yourself are you?
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: You sort of forget how you play when you get in that situation of having a chance of winning a major. The last time I felt that was in 2012 at Augusta. It was nice being in that spot again. I felt very relaxed. I felt eager to get to the next hole and try and get some birdies going. I wasn’t nervous at all. I’ll take a lot out of this week, especially the last three days the way I played. I could have easily shot a big number today after that start. I just fought and tried to just have a good week.
Q. What was the feeling like when every shot looks like it’s going to be another birdie?
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: It’s great. I hope I get it every week. It’s good. I actually had a lot of opportunities from the 7th. I just couldn’t get my speed right to get the ball to the hole. I missed that short eagle putt on 12. 13, I made a nice long birdie putt. I pushed myself to really go for it. Just had to hack it out of the bunker on 14. And when I holed that wedge, I knew with the holes coming up, 16 and 18, I might get three more in if I can make an eagle somewhere and birdie. It was a great feeling when you go more aggressive at putts and it goes in. It doesn’t always work, but I backed myself a bit on the last few holes to really have a go at it.
Q. What was in your mind when you birdied 18 and completed that 6-under back nine?
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: I thought 4-under would probably be second and then when I walked in, I saw Jordan made double on 17. All of a sudden, you know, it changed. 18, you had to keep it right of that bunker your tee shot or you could easily run into it. I saw on the shot tracker that you needed a cut to keep it short of it. Obviously the second shot, not the easiest second shot. You can so easily just get the 3-wood wrong and just hit it through the green and it stays on the top and then you have a really tough up-and-down. I knew it wasn’t over until he hit that 3-wood obviously. I don’t think he’s ever 3-putted from that distance in his life.
Q. What did you do to turn yourself around after that first round?
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: I just kept on playing. You get rounds like that. But proud of myself the way I came back and kept on playing and knew my game was not far off. That 77 was – I could have easily had a horrible Friday and watched this on television.
Q. Millions of people were shocked by the finish. How about you?
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: I didn’t see it. I just heard he 3-putted. It’s never nice seeing that. We all get in those situations. I was pretty sure it was going to be a Monday finish. Those things happen.