Golf 14.7.2016 04:45 pm

Open hole-in-one edges Masters effort: Oosthuizen

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa reacts after finishing on the 18th green during the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia.   Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa reacts after finishing on the 18th green during the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Oosthuizen acknowledged his caddie had realised he’d hit a hole-in-one before he had.

TROON, United Kingdom, July 14, 2016 (AFP) – South African Louis Oosthuizen achieved a rare feat on Thursday with a first round hole-in-one at the British Open to go with the one he struck at this year’s Masters.

The 33-year-old — who won the British Open in 2010 and was runner-up last year after losing in a play-off to Zach Johnson — said he thought the one on Thursday was more impressive given the different conditions to Augusta.

“Well, that was real,” said Oosthuizen after he came in with a level par 71. “I just used all the elements. No, both were pretty good shots. “Just Augusta, you can hit it anywhere out the right and there are a few ways to do it. This was a proper golf hit straight in it.” Oosthuizen, who has also finished runner-up in the 2012 Masters and last year’s US Open, said he didn’t realise he’d made a hole-in-one till he heard the reaction of the crowd on the 14th. “Yeah, I mean, the wind is a little out the left,” said Oosthuizen. “But I turned it over quite nice. I thought it was just going to be right of it, and next thing I just saw it up against the flag and obviously the crowd going crazy.  

“So that’s always a great feeling anytime you get a 1.”

Oosthuizen gave due credit to his caddie for giving him spot on advice about the club to use.

“I was thinking a little 5 maybe and the caddie convinced me it’s just a normal 9, 6-iron,” said Oosthuizen.

“It will easily cover the front and just make a good swing. Don’t try anything hard, and I did that. So I’ve got to give him a little credit for that, for talking me into that 6-iron.”

Oosthuizen acknowledged his caddie had realised he’d hit a hole-in-one before he had.

“He did, he did,” said Oosthuizen.

“When it was in there he said, oh, that’s a one.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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