Louis Oosthuizen might have finished second in Augusta but his fourth ever albatross at the Masters will keep him in the record books.
Many South Africans would have loved to see defending champion Charl Schwartzel present the green jacket to fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen at Augusta on Sunday night. But that didn’t happen. Instead, Oosthuizen who recorded the fourth ever albatross at the Masters, was pipped by American Bubba Watson on the second playoff of tournament for the title. The South African finished second.
Although Oosthuizen had already won a major, when he clinched the British Open in 2010, not many would have considered him a serious contender when the likes of Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods were roaming the park. And despite his widely publicised win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational a few weeks ago, Woods had a lousy game at Augusta - slumping to his worst ever finish at Masters.
Oosthuizen’s second place finish catapulted him eight places up the world rankings to No.19 while Schwartzel was pushed out of the Top 10 to No.12. Of Watson, Oosthuizen said: “He must have a great feel of the game. I mean, it’s great knowing you almost have every little shot there is. It’s really entertaining to play with him, to see the shots that he’s taking on and shots that I don’t really see or I would ever hit".
“He hit the driver so well, and you know, takes on a lot of holes. He backs himself, and it’s nice to see, it’s really good to see.”
• Louis Oosthuizen’s next tournament is the Maybank Malaysian Open which runs from 12 – 15 April.