Jul
22
2010
Can Oosthuizen Break the Majors Jinx?
By Merf under European PGA Tour

What appears to be the fifth round of the British Open resumed today, as Louis Oosthuizen is leading the Scandinavian Masters. (Or is it Rickie Fowler?) Oosthuizen has obviously bottled up something with his swing, as he impressively shot a 5-under 67, tying him with Dustin Johnson and Richard Green for first, despite dealing with all of the British Open champion hoopla.

“I had a good sleep, but I woke up tired again and the (British Open) win has definitely drained me,” Oosthuizen said. “But the crowds were unbelievable, cheering me on to every green and every tee. I wanted to play nicely. The last thing I wanted was to put on a bad show.”

“I need a break. I need a week off before going to America,” Oosthuizen added. “I don’t think I’m (supposed to be) back to South Africa until September but I felt like I wanted to say ‘hi’ to my family and see everyone before I go.”

Yes, it’s early, but at least Oosthuizen is allowing us to entertain the idea of him winning again. That’s been somewhat rare, as major champions have been stuck in a bit of a rut lately. There’s Graeme McDowell (OK, too soon), Phil Mickelson (probably not for long), and Y.E. Yang (he won the China Open). But then there’s Stewart Cink, Lucas Glover, Angel Cabrera and Padraig Harrington, who have all failed to win anything after their most recent major.

Harrington double-dipped in 2008 with the British Open and PGA Championship, but he’s had trouble recapturing his winning form since. And Angel Cabrera backed up his 2007 U.S. Open with the 2009 Masters, but those are his last two wins on the PGA/European Tours.

Can Oosthuizen do what most of our recent major champions couldn’t, and parlay one great week of play into a hot streak — or something more?

[AP Photo/Niklas Larsson]