St Andrews - South African golfer Louis
Oosthuizen says he’ll take a lot from his efforts at the Open Championship
despite going down in a playoff.
American Zach Johnson claimed the second
major victory of his career when he beat Oosthuizen and Australian Marc
Leishman in a four-hole playoff at St Andrews on Monday.
Johnson, Oosthuizen and Leishman all
finished with totals of 15-under 273 after Johnson and Leishman had 66s and
Oosthuizen a 69.
Played over holes 1, 2, 17 and 18,
Oosthuizen and Johnson immediately distanced themselves from Leishman with
opening birdies to his bogey.
Johnson then went clear with a birdie at
the second, but he hit a poor approach to the notorious 17th, the Road Hole, and
bogeyed, only for Oosthuizen to miss a four-footer to get back on level terms.
It all came down to the famous 18th hole
with its historic town centre backdrop, and a par was enough for Johnson with
Oosthuizen narrowly missing an eight-footer to force sudden death.
"It's never nice to lose a playoff.
I've had the experience in 2012 at Augusta," Oosthuizen told Reuters.
"But yeah, I'll take a lot out of this
week. I was really motivated to win this championship. I love this place. I've
said it a thousand times.
"I can't wait for it to come back here
Oosthuizen said it had been a great major
to be part of.
"Probably one of the most exciting
Opens. A lot of guys will take a lot of good out of this. It'll be great for
golf if this is going to be the way forward."