British Open Winners

July 18, 2010 by staff 

British Open Winners:, Facts about Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa who won his first major by winning the British Open on Sunday:

* Born October 19, 1982 in Mossel Bay, South Africa


* Born Theodore Lodewicus, Oosthuizen comes from a strong tennis family with his father and brother have played both at the provincial level in that sport.

* He represented his country in golf in children, youth and senior levels and was a member of the team of his country’s Eisenhower Trophy in 2002.

* Lowest round is 57 – shot in Mossel Bay.

* A protégé of world number six Ernie Els triple, graduated Oosthuizen Foundation fellow and was the first such program to play in the U.S. Masters when he made his debut at Augusta in 2009.

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* Professional in 2002, scoring four second places before breaking his duck this year.

* First European tour victory came in March at the Andalucia Open, which earned him a second Masters berth in a row.

* He had to leave the trophy at Malaga airport as the airline said the money was a “dangerous object” and could not be brought on as hand luggage.

* He became the third South African to win consecutive U.S. Masters par three contest, which is believed a curse when winner before the tournament has come to take the coveted green jacket. Oosthuizen missed the cut in April.

* Has a house in Manchester, England and changed his car for the European Tour’s flagship event, the PGA Championship at Wentworth in May, but when he went home found it was too wide for the doors of his garage.

* As I had never made the cut in three British Opens, 27 years old, led the qualifying at St Andrews in the morning on Friday and never looked back, finishing seven strokes ahead of his nearest rival Lee Westwood.

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