Oosthuizen doesn’t regret hitting a driver at 17
SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 20 (Reuters) – Misconduct ultimately cost Louis Oosthuizen a chance to win the US Open at Torrey Pines on Sunday, but the South African has said he will likely recapture the risky shot. he was getting the chance.
A shot behind Jon Rahm, who was already in the clubhouse, Oosthuizen could have hit a club higher off the tee for safety in the 17th par-foursome, but decided it was time to take a calculated risk.
“Slide, slide,” the 38-year-old yelled as the shot headed for trouble, the ball drifting into danger and an unplayable lie.
Oosthuizen, who has now finished second six times in a major tournament, dropped a shot in the hole and even though he birdied it back on the 18th par-five, it wasn’t enough.
“I knew it was a crucial hole to take it and give me a birdie opportunity,” said Oosthuizen, who scored a par 71 after starting the round with a three-way lead.
“I didn’t pull it off, but standing on that tee again, I would probably do the same, take a pilot and take the hit.
“I’ve been there, and that’s what it takes to win major tournaments. Sometimes it works your way, and other times it doesn’t.”
With his languid swing and unruffled temperament, Oosthuizen held up well to a tough back nine and kept his cool on the greens, completing a series of putt tests until missing a 10-footer on the penultimate hole.
Oosthuizen burst onto the international stage by winning the British Open at St. Andrews 11 years ago, but rather than opening the floodgates, the victory only paved the way for several major near misses.
It’s only been a month since he finished runner-up to Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship.
“Again, listen, this is frustrating,” he said. “It’s disappointing.
“That wandering tee shot on the 17th cost me, but overall I thought I fought really well to stay in the game and failed again.”
Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Peter Rutherford
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