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Oosthuizen on Presidents Cup: This is the best chance for Internationals

2019-12-11 13:44
Louis Oosthuizen
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Cape Town - South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen believes this week is the best chance the International team will ever have of lifting the Presidents Cup trophy.

The United States have won 10 of the 12 prior editions of the Presidents Cup, with one tie (famously at The Links in South Africa in 2003) and one International victory - in 1998 in Melbourne.

Oosthuizen, who will be playing in his fourth Presidents Cup tournament this week, admits the tournament desperately needs some competitive golf in order to survive.

"I think we're almost at that point," said Oosthuizen, as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I think this week, this is probably the best chance we will have with this golf course, this crowd, and I think the way our guys are playing.

"I think this is probably the best chance that we'll have in the four Cups that I've played," said the world No 20.

Oosthuizen has won seven matches in the Presidents Cup and owns the second-most wins of any current International team members behind Australian Adam Scott (14).

The 37-year-old heads into this week's tournament in fine form - after finishing second at last week's Australian Open.

Oosthuizen is the only South African in International captain Ernie Els' team.

The 2019 Presidents Cup is scheduled to get under way at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club from Thursday.

Draw for Presidents Cup fourball matches on Thursday between the International and US teams at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Internationals first):

All times SA

Marc Leishman/Joaquin Niemann v Tiger Woods/Justin Thomas - 00:32

Adam Hadwin/Im Sung-jae v Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay - 00:47

Adam Scott/An Byeong-hun v Bryson DeChambeau/Tony Finau - 01:02

Hideki Matsuyama/CT Pan v Webb Simpson/Patrick Reed - 01:17

Abraham Ancer/Louis Oosthuizen v Dustin Johnson/Gary Woodland - 01:32

Not playing:

International: Cameron Smith, Li Haotong

US: Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar

- Compiled by Lynn Butler

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