Wed. Jul 17th, 2019

Masters 2019: How the South Africans did at Augusta

louis oosthuizen south africans 2019 mastersSouth Africa’s six 2019 Masters contenders had mixed results at Augusta. Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Harding performed the best.

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South Africa had six representatives at the 2019 Masters. Two of them, Trevor Immelman and Charl Schwartzel, had worn the green jacket before.

For the bleary eyed sportsfan, few things are as glorious as staying up way past what is reasonable on a Sunday night to watch a famous win at Augusta. South Africans who keenly follow the Masters might have been just a little bit hopeful at various points during the 2019 edition of the Masters.

There were no late nights this time, but not because everyone gave up. The tournament organisers used foresight to move tee times forward as bad weather threatened to disrupt the last day.

There was a disruption, alright, but not from Mother Nature. Tiger Woods won his fifth green jacket and his 15th major golf title, completing one of the most famous sporting comebacks ever.

While nobody will begrduge Woods his victory, a few South Africans might have been just a little hopeful after day one. Justin Harding had surged into the lead and kept hovering in the top for much of the tournament.

Louis Oosthuizen, too, was in with a chance even on the final day.

Oosthuizen made seven birdies in shooting a 66 on Saturday. Both him and Harding were outside contenders going into Sunday, but Woods held his nerve and Louis Oosthuizen will have to wait a while longer before buying another tractor with major tournament winnings.

South Africans final standings at the 2019 Masters

Justin Harding – eight under par, tied for 12th
Louis Oosthuizen four under par, tied for 29th
Trevor Immelman – two over par –
Brandan Grace – five over par
Charl Schwartzel – five over par (did not make the cut)
Jovan Rebula (a) [interesting fact: he is the nephew of Ernie Els) – eight over par (did not make the cut)

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