July 22, 2010
You can never blame guys for their major championship hangover. After a big win, you have television appearances you never thought you'd see, and people wanting to pull you from every direction. Most of the time the winner takes a week or two off just to handle all the media requests.
That wasn't the case for newly minted Open champion Louis Oosthuizen. The South African who blew away the field at St. Andrews decided he'd keep the train a-rollin' this week and committed to the Nordea Scandinavian Masters. During the pro-am, the fatigue looked imminent for Oosthuizen, who failed to break par during the Wednesday practice round.
"I had a good sleep, but I woke up tired again and the win has definitely drained me," said Oosthuizen. "But the crowds were unbelievable, cheering me onto every green and every tee.
"I wanted to play nicely. The last thing I wanted was to put on a bad show and it was important not to think too much about next week."
The question after unknown players win major championships is how they'll respond in the long run, but to come out like this the week after it happened shows the level of game Oosthuizen carries.
Our own Jay Busbee wrote on Monday, "He's had his troubles in majors before. But success breeds success, and I'd be very surprised if we don't see [Oosthuizen] back on the top of the leaderboard again, and very soon." It appears that the "very soon" part of that was just four days.
To keep up this type of play over the next 54 holes will be extremely tough, but it is a nice little encore for Oosthuizen to play so well in his first event since raising the claret jug.