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Oosthuizen shocks the world at the 139th Open Championship

Posted Dec 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Louis Oosthuizen

As much as June belonged to Graeme McDowell, July was all about a relative unknown in the shape and form of South African Louis Oosthuizen. We take a look back at the action from July and August of the 2010 golf season and we start in America at the AT&T National tournament at the Aronimink Golf Club.
Justin Rose won his second event in as many months with a stunning 10 under par 270, beating Ryan Moore by a shot. Rose’s form was giving him fantastic confidence ahead of the Open later in July but that wasn’t to be.
Steve Stricker then won the John Deere Classic from Paul Goydos with an unbelievable 26 under including a round of 12 under 60. This was outdone by Goydos who hit a simply majestic opening round 13 under 59.
Matt Bettencourt then won the Reno-Tahoe Open whilst Carl Pattersson claimed the RBC Canadian Open and Stuart Appleby was victorious at the Greenbrier Classic at the end of July.
In Europe, Miguel Angel Jiminez claimed his second win of the season at the Alstom Open de France, Edoardo Molinari announced his arrival with a win at the Barclays Scottish Open, Richard S Johnon took to Nordea Scandinavian Masters before Ross Fisher won the 3 Irish Open at the end of the month.
Sandwiched in between all this was the fantastic performance of Oosthuizen at St Andrews in the 139th Open Championship.
The South African was in superb form on the Old Course and he left all trailing in his wake to win by seven from Lee Westwood. Oosthiuzen shot 65, 67, 69 and 71 for the win that no-one had expected.
Poor old Westwood was the best of the rest again as he claimed second spot from Paul Casey by one whilst Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy may have expected better than joint third after his opening 63. Had it not been for his thoroughly disappointing 80 on the second day, the only round he’s ever hit above 70 at the Old Course, he would have been right in there with a chance of taking his first major.
August’s competitions were equally as thrilling and the showpiece of this month was the USPGA Championship at Whistling Straights, and this belonged to Martin Kaymer.
Before we look at that, the other winners this month were Hunter Mahan at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, Peter Hanson at the Czech Open and Edoardo Molinari at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. In the States, Bill Lunde won the Turning Stone Resort Championship, Arjun Atwal took the Wyndham Championship and Matt Kuchar won The Barclays.
But August was Kaymer’s month. The USPGA Championship was one that will be remembered for many reasons – great golf, entertainment and a breach of the rules that cost Zach Johnson a place in the play-off and left him joint third with Rory McIlroy on 10 under.
Johnson has grounded his club on what he believed to be waste land before discovering, when handing in his card, that it was in fact a bunker and he was forced to take a retrospective penalty that saw him miss out.
Kaymer went head-to-head with Bubba Watson, a guy who played the game with his heart on his sleave. He played do-or-die golf and unfortunately for him, this left the door open for the calm, cool Kaymer to exploit and he eventually took the win and his first major. A fantastic competition.

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