Morikawa eager to savour taste of success after debut Open triumph
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Louis Oosthuizen has finally spoken of his Open Championship disappointment ahead of his return to action at the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities. The South African headed into the final round of last week’s Open Championship with a one-shot lead, after holding a 54-hole lead throughout the tournament.
Oosthuizen’s impressive first three days went down in Open history, as his score of 129 across the first two rounds smashed the Championship record of the lowest score at the halfway point.
However, the 38-year-old struggled to replicate his heroics from earlier in the week into his all-important final round on Sunday as he shot a disappointing one-over-par, 71 to leave him in a tie for third with world number one, Jon Rahm.
Collin Morikawa was the man to take advantage of the South African’s misfortune, as the young American carded an impressive four-under, 66 to claim the title by two shots over second place, Jordan Spieth.
Since his maiden – and only – major championship win at the 2010 Open Championship, no player has been in contention on a major Sunday more than the 38-year-old.
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Since that victory at St. Andrews Oosthuizen has come agonisingly close to major glory a remarkable nine times, after finishing runner-up seven times and third twice, including last Sunday’s tie with Rahm.
Despite this, three of the South African’s top-three finishes have come in his last three majors putting him in electric form ahead of the remainder of the campaign.
As a result, the 2010 Open champion is wasting no time in getting back out on the course as he returns to action at this week’s 3M Open in Minneapolis.
Ahead of his return to action the 38-year-old’s mindset seemed to be more than positive, despite his recent major near-misses.
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He said: “I would look back at all the finishes that I had in majors and the way I played them to be really proud of what I achieved and being able to perform at major levels is what it’s all about.
“But I’ll still have hopefully quite a few majors in me and hopefully I can get another one under the belt. I’ll take more motivation out of it than being disappointed.”
Oosthuizen will look to put his Open disappointment behind today, as he takes to the TPC Twin Cities course in round one with world number two Dustin Johnson and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson.
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