Louis Oosthuizen recorded his first top-10 finish in six appearances at the Players Championship this weekend when he finished the event tied for second spot at seven-under-par 288 with England’s Ian Poulter. Source :Sunshine Tour
Eventually losing to South Korean Si Woo Kim by three strokes, Oosthuizen put up a performance that far surpasses the previous five times he’s played the Players Championship. He shared 28th in 2016, then tied at 69th the year before and missed the cut in 2014. The shared 19th finish in 2013 was the highest he had ever finished in this event as he missed the cut in 2011 and 2012.
“Yeah, all in all good week. Would have liked to have push a little bit more at the end there. Being four behind with four holes to go is probably not ideal,” he said. “Stupid bogeys on 13 and 14 but I had a good week, I played nicely, wasn’t spot on today, but happy with a second.”
The good week looked like it would bring him some fortune after he made eagle on 11 but a couple of short irons in meant he could not place himself in favourable positions to make the decisive putts. “I was trying to get my irons in closely, but I just couldn’t get close enough. I felt my putting was good enough to roll in a few 20 footers if I had to and I just couldn’t get the ball there,” Oosthuizen said, adding “I left myself… I hit a good second putt on 13 that missed, made bogey there. 14, that was the worst spot I could hit my second shot to try to make an up-and-down from there, it was nearly impossible. So those two errors cost it for me.”
Disappointing as not winning this event might have been for Oosthuizen, however, he was left full of admiration for the young Kim. “Si Woo did great today with, whenever he was in trouble he got up-and-down with great play,” he said, “And he played like someone that was doing it for five or six years like it was just another round of golf. It just shows you how good a player he is and how cool and calm he is and never once did he look flustered at all.”
Oosthuizen will now look back and reflect at what might have worked and what didn’t. “I’m going to just keep on playing. I have two more (events) before the US Open, so hopefully I can have a few good weeks before then, but I’m happy with the way my game is,” he said.