Louis Oosthuizen got emotional after winning South African Open for the first time – his first win since ISPS Handa Perth International in 2016 – well over 33 months behind or 1016 days in counting.
Oosthuizen has a major to his name – The Open 2010 which he won comfortably with a cushion of seven shots over Englishman Lee Westwood, he came close to winning it again in 2015 which he lost in a three-way playoff against the American Zach Johnson and Australian Marc Leishman, where Johnson came ou winning. Another major The Masters was in his hand too but he lost to Bubba Watson on the second extra hole of a playoff in 2012.
Louis Oosthuizen overcame a shaky start to produce a brilliant display of front-running and cruise to an emotional victory at the South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg.
The 2010 Open Champion had won four of his eight European Tour titles on home soil but had yet to win his home Open and was playing the event for the first time since finishing third in the 2011 season.
Oosthuizen joined Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Bob Charles, Ernie Els, and Henrik Stenson as the only players to win The Open and South African Open.
“I wish the family was here,” said Oosthuizen as he struggled to fight back the tears on the 18th green. “The crowd was great this whole week, it was nice to do it for them.
“I knew today was either going to be very special or heartbreaking. I know there’s only a few that have won The Open and the SA Open so I’m very chuffed to have my name on this.
“We had a tough start today and my caddie just told me, ‘you’re swinging it well, just go for it’. I just got back to basics, to try and hit fairways and greens. I know I’m putting well, I just needed to give myself putting opportunities for birdie.
“This feels very special. This is perfect.”