Mon. May 20th, 2019

Louis Oosthuizen: Five things to know about the Masters contender

Louis OosthuizenWe take a look at five things you may not know about US Masters contender Louis Oosthuizen.

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Lodewicus Theodorus “Louis” Oosthuizen moved into a share of the 2019 US Masters lead with his lowest ever round at the Augusta Major on Friday.

Oosthuizen has been a prominent figure in South African golf for the last decade, winning the Open Championship in 2010 to become the seventh man from our country to win a major and mounting a handful of strong challenges for further glory.

A quirky character, Oosthuizen holds some major golfing records and is as South African as they come.

The ultimate bridesmaid

Alongside his solitary Major win to date at St Andrews in 2010, Oosthuizen has finished as runner-up in all four majors, losing playoffs at the 2012 US Masters and 2015 Open Championship. 2015 was a rough year for Oosthuizen as he also finished tied second with Dustin Johnson at the US Open which was won by Jordan Spieth. Oosthuizen completed his set in 2017 at the 2017 PGA Championship held at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is only the second man to achieve the feat

He bought a tractor when he won the Open

After he claimed the coveted Claret Jug at the famous links of St Andrews, Oosthuizen treated himself to his dream vehicle, a John Deere tractor. Growing up near Mossel Bay, he always wanted his own tractor.

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Oosthuizen and his family in his shiny new John Deere

He owns his own restaurant and wine brand

His restaurant Route 57 is located in his hometown of Mossel Bay and serves his own wines under the Louis 57 alongside specialist South African dishes and traditional fare.

Oosthuizen bagged an albatross at the 2012 Masters

On his way to losing in a sudden death playoff Oosthuizen made an early statement in his final round by creating a piece of Masters history with an albatross off the tee at the Par 4 second hole.

He had a tough time convincing friends he shot 57

According to Oosthuizen he shot his famous round of 57 at his home course in 2002 but had a hard time convincing his mates that the scorecard was legitimate.

We think they may very well believe him now.

Watch Oosthuizen’s 6-under second round at the 2019 Masters in three minutes:

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