After the first round of the British Open, no one expected to see Louis Oosthuizen’s name on the leaderboard by the end of the second. So it was sometime mid-morning on Friday, the press room started buzzing with panic of “who the hell is this guy and what’s he doing leading the British Open?!”
Luckily, the R&A has a fantastic media guide and they also put together a nice little handout:
- Born Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen 19.10.82 in Mossel Bay, South Africa
- Lives on a farm next door to parents in Gouritz River, near Mossel Bay, South Africa…and Manchester, England
- Represented South Africa at Boys, Youths and Senior levels and was a member of the country’s Eisenhower Trophy team in 2002
- Graduate of Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation and was first from that program to play in the US Masters when he made his debut in 2009
- Married Nel-Mare in 2007 and their first child, daughter Jana, arrived in December 2009
- Interests include hunting, films and watching the Stormers rugby team
- To qualify for the 2010 Masters, knew he had to win the Open de Andalucia in March…and did
- Had to leave trophy at Malaga Airport as Monarch Airlines deemed it to be a ‘dangerous object’ and refused to accept it as hand luggage
- Has started his own Junior Golf Academy at Mossel Bay Golf Club
- Lowest round of 57 was at Mossel Bay
- Recently exchanged his Mercedes ML for a BMW X5 at the BMW Championship at Wentworth, drove it home and then discovered it was too wide for his garage doors so had to buy new ones
They forgot one: He won the 2010 Masters Par 3 contest! And here’s this from his presser: “My friends say I look like Shrek – some of my friends – and you can’t choose your friends, so what can I say?” Oosthuizen joked.
Obviously, it turned out he got the good end of the draw, but it’s still impressive he’s leading by five shots. When Trevor Immelman was asked about Louis, he said, “You’ve got to at least learn to pronounce his name if he’s leading the Open Championship.”
Fair enough. How the hell do you, anyway? I’ll check if he’s around tomorrow. The true test comes this weekend with the pressure and the expected tough conditions.