After another runner-up finish at the PGA Championship this past weekend, Louis Oosthuizen has expressed his great desire to eventually win a second career Major.
Since winning the 2010 Open Championship, the South African has come off second best on five occasions in Major competitions.
On Sunday, Oosthuizen had to settle for a share of second spot after Phil Mickelson won the 2021 edition of the PGA Championship, despite the 38-year-old having a number of scoring opportunities at the start of his round.
‘Look, I feel like I’m playing my heart out to get a second Major, and I do know I have the game to do it,’ Oosthuizen said at the end of his round.
‘This was close. My game wasn’t great on the weekend. It was better today than yesterday. So, I just need to work harder on it to get myself in contention again.’
He currently owns his own ‘Grand Slam’ of runner-up finishes in the Majors after finishing second in the Masters in 2012, second in the US Open in 2015, second in The Open in 2015, and now twice second in the PGA Championship.
Rounds of 71, 68, 72 and 73 had Oosthuizen signing off on four under par for the week alongside Brooks Koepka, with Mickelson claiming a two-shot victory.
‘You know, another second place, I’ve got to take it. But I feel like I could have probably got two or three more shots out of my game. It was a slow start, but I felt I hit decent iron shots. I stroked it really nice today and just didn’t make anything. Every single putt I hit finished right behind the hole, so it was frustrating with that,’ he added.
Oosthuizen was, however, full of praise for Mickelson, who became the oldest player ever to win a Major at the age of 50.
‘It was like the Phil that I remember watching just when I turned pro and it was great to see. I mean, what an achievement to win a Major at 50 years old, and he deserves all of that. It was not easy with the wind and, you know, he kept calm. That’s unbelievable and great stuff,’ Oosthuizen said.
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