Goosen, Oosthuizen and Clark are hungry for SA Open title

2010-11-29 14:57

Golf-Major winners Retief Goosen and Louis Oosthuizen, and PGA Tour star Tim Clark, will be chasing victory at the SA Open at the Durban Country Club next month.

“It’s the one title every South African player wants to win,” said Oosthuizen, who came close with a tie for third at Pearl Valley in 2007.

He also sees it as a good omen that Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Ernie Els – all British Open winners – won the SA Open at Durban Country Club.

“I think it would be amazing to match Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Ernie Els. What a record that would be, but mostly I would just like to win our country’s national Open at least once and get my name on the trophy next to theirs,” he said.

Oosthuizen is the reigning British Open champion.

Goosen, who is a double United States Open champion, won the SA Open in 1995 and again in December 2005.

“There is something indescribable about winning your national Open,” he said.

“I was 26 years old when I won my first title and it was one of the proudest moments of my career. Winning two SA Open titles rates right up there with winning two Majors.

“The SA Open is steeped in history. Some of the greatest players of this country have won it. It’s a great feeling to see your name on that trophy next to players such as Bobby Locke and Gary Player.”

Clark, who won this year’s Players Championship and the last two SA Opens at Durban Country Club, would love to match just one of Gary Player’s records.

“He won the SA Open three times at Durban Country Club and this year, I have a chance to match that,” he said.

Clark won his first title in 2002 and his second in January 2005.

“Nothing beats coming home and winning in front of your home crowd. You feel like you owe it to your fans to win and to yourself.”

The SA Open takes place from December 16 to 19.

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