Oosthuizen looking forward to Sun City challenge

8th November 2018 | Sunshine Tour

Oosthuizen looking forward to Sun City challenge

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Oosthuizen looking forward to Sun City challenge

Louis Oosthuizen is looking forward to playing in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, an event in which he has three top-10 finishes and one top-20 – when he tees off today at Sun City.

“Yeah, we arrived last Thursday back in South Africa,” he said. “It’s a little bit of holiday season for me, but I’m looking forward to it. I don’t remember when last I’ve done three SA events. I’m just chuffed with playing this, SA Open and Leopard Creek. Yeah, just looking forward to getting the week started.”

Oosthuizen is looking to improve on his season’s record on the European Tour of two top-10 finishes – his share of ninth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and of seventh at the AfriAsia Bank Mauritius Open. He also has two top-20 finishes which were a share of 16th at the US Open and of 12th at the Masters. The worst result he got was the share of 32nd at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and he only missed the cut once in nine starts.

The eight-time Sunshine Tour winner is happy with the course and he believes there is not much change on it. “Yeah, every year we come here and the course is in really good shape,” he said.  “I don’t know about the new tee on 18, if they are really going to stick with that. In the pro-am I hit driver and I couldn’t see the green. It’s a bit of a strange one. I thought it was a great hole with a normal tee. Game feels good. So just need to go out there and play well.”

The 36-year-old believes that the rough which is a bit down this time around will make the course play a bit different. “You still get those lies that it just goes down that little bit, and out of kikuyu, judging how it comes out is tough, especially around the greens, chipping and pitching.

“I think you need to get used to putting again. You know, I remember last year, the same thing, you sort of – as you get your speed a little better, you see a better line. I did a lot of chipping around the greens today, so I didn’t really spend that much time just putting.”

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