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South Africa gets new reason to be proud

 Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa plays off the third tee during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrew...
 Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa tees off the 18th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews...
 Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa after finishing his first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Th...
 Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa lines up a putt on the 17th green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at ...

British Open Golf

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa plays off the third tee during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrew...

British Open Golf

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa tees off the 18th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews...

British Open Golf

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa after finishing his first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Th...

British Open Golf

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa lines up a putt on the 17th green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at ...

With the first World Cup on African soil over, Louis Oosthuizen is giving South Africa a new reason to be proud.
Oosthuizen, who has yet to make the cut at the British Open, is two strokes behind Rory McIlroy after shooting a 7-under 65 on the Old Course on Thursday. It's his best score in seven rounds at the British Open.
"It's still early in the tournament," Oosthuizen said. "But it's always nice seeing your name up there."
One fan appreciated it, waving a yellow South Africa scarf like the ones seen during the World Cup as Oosthuizen walked off the 17th green.
Oosthuizen's score likely would have been good enough for the lead most days. But McIlroy took advantage of the easy scoring conditions in the morning with a bogey-free 9-under 63 that tied the major championship record.
Still, Oosthuizen won't complain. He didn't break par in the year's first two majors, missing the cut at the Masters and the U.S. Open, and also missed the cut at the Scottish Open last weekend.
"It was really a matter of getting my confidence up," said Oosthuizen, who got his first win on the European Tour this year. "It's just a great golf course. I love it.
Oosthuizen's only blemish of the day was on 17, when he missed the green with his second shot and three-putted for bogey.


Updated : 2021-04-17 17:36 GMT+08:00