Apr
15
2012
Sunday Dartboard: Louis reigns in Malaysia, Pettersson rolls at the Heritage and sundress season rages on
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Another crown for King Louis. Hugs!

I’ve noticed the “girl in the green dress” has caused quite a bit of interest in the comments section in yesterday’s post. Not that I should be surprised — I mean, sex sells! I’m pretty sure that one picture linked in the thread was the most forwarded text message on the PGA Tour earlier this week. With the way it’s been making the rounds, your best friend’s brother’s grandmother will soon receive it.

Welcome to sundress season on tour!

So what were we talking about again? Oh, right, golf.

After losing in a playoff to Bubba Watson at the Masters last Sunday, Louis Oosthuizen flew to the other side of the world and recovered rather nicely, winning the weather-delayed Malaysian Open. Oosthuizen performed solidly, posting scores of 66-68-69-68, to come out on top by a decisive three shots. Fellow compatriot and good friend Charl Schwartzel placed sixth.

Now besides Louis’ impressive and consistent play for the third week in a row, I’m most impressed with how well he bounced back from the expected mental fatigue from contending two weeks prior, especially at the Masters, and also the general tiredness from making the 30-hour journey from Augusta to Malaysia, not to mention the jet lag. In fact, even Louis was surprised, according to the EuropeanTour.com:

“I thought I was going to be a lot more tired,” said Oosthuizen, after recording the fifth victory by a South African on the 2012 Race to Dubai. “It was a long journey to get here and I have to be honest and say that I didn’t expect to play this well because of the tiredness.

“The one thing I did know was that the game was there so that helped a lot. I was pretty tired at points in those first couple of rounds but overall it has been great and I am over the moon with the result.

“On Thursday I knew the game was there – it was just a question of whether or not I would be able to go all the way physically.

“Having a good week this week was important and playing well. I didn’t want to come here and play bad but to win means a lot because I have been playing well for the last few weeks now and to win gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.”

Louis is really, really good. Expect to see him in the mix on Sunday on a consistent basis at the majors and WGCs going forward.

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Meanwhile, in Hilton Head Island at Harbour Town Golf Links, Carl Pettersson, who finished second in his last start at the Shell Houston Open, is basiclaly lapping the field. He’s extended his one-shot lead going into the final round to a whopping five strokes with 10 holes to play.

That's a pretty lighthouse...

The 2007 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship Colt Knost, who admitted to feeling nerves, got off to another shaky start. He bogeyed the first hole, but then got one back with a birdie on the second. Then, he sniped his tee shot left on the third hole and found himself in trouble in the trees and a hazard /native area (I think). He ended up posting a triple-bogey seven. Ouchie. But he’s currently nine-under and still in contention…for first…runner-up.

I would have loved to see Knost in the winner’s circle and play his way back into the Masters (albeit, it’s 51 weeks ago) after turning pro and forgoing his invitation in 2008 (automatic berth goes to U.S. Amateur and Pub Links champ if players keeps his amateur status).

Zach Johnson was making a nice run — at least enough to perhaps catch Pettersson’s attentiion — with birdies in three of the first six holes. A bogey on No. 7 halted his charge, though.

It appears there’s no catching Pettersson, a veteran who’s won four times on the PGA Tour. Yes, this will likely be his fifth one. Of course, as we’ve seen, just about anything can happen and no lead is safe, but Pettersson is looking unflappable.

C’mon, Zach, put some pressure on him! There ‘s still nine or so holes left, but it doesn’t appear like any guys will “pull a Brandt Snedeker” — last year he entered Sunday trailing Luke Donald by six shots, but fired a final-round 64 to force a sudden-death playoff and eventually capture the backdoor win. Well, maybe I should just enjoy a boring, runaway Sunday for once…it only takes a bad bounce or two to derail things, which isn’t exactly uncommon at this Peter-Dye-designed track.

I’m out to enjoy the beautiful weather and catch some live golf and if I stay in here I’ll doze off any second.

Oh, by the way, I tried to procure permission to post more pictures of the girl in the green dress, but to no avail. Can’t say I didn’t try!

 (AP Photo)