Swinging for the top spot

2013-02-03 10:00

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Oosthuizen has set his sights on conquering all comers.

South Africa’s golden boy of golf, Louis Oosthuizen, has set himself a big challenge this year – becoming the world’s number one.

King Louis has started the golfing season on an enviable note. Not only is he the number-one ranked player in the country’s PGA Sunshine Tour – he is also the fifth-ranked player in the world.

The 2010 British Open kingpin is now determined to topple the world-beater, North Ireland’s Rory Mcllroy, and give close contenders Tiger Woods (2), Luke Donald (3) and Justin Rose (4) a run for their money on the big stage this year.

No South African golfer has ended the golf year in such an impressive fashion since Ernie Els occupied the number one berth for nine weeks in the late 1990s.

Woods, whose once glittering golfing career was interrupted following his highly publicised divorce scandal in 2010, holds the distinguished record of holding the number one spot for a record 623 weeks.

He won his first PGA tournament of the year on Monday when he lifted the Farmers Insurance Open trophy at Tory Pines, San Diego. This was his seventh triumph in the event.

But Oosthuizen is hellbent on holding on to his winning streak on the world stage. Other South Africans are languishing in the top 50.

Having finished last year ranked sixth, Oosthuizen has moved up a notch after overturning a five-shot deficit with a final-round six-under 66 to win the Volvo Golf Champions European Tour event at Durban four weeks ago.

He also acquitted himself well in three other European Tour contests in November – at the Barclays Singapore Open he came second.

Aside from hitting the local fairways with ease, Oosthuizen also carded a number of great showings on the PGA USA Tour greens.

His greatest display of fairway brilliance was during the Masters at Augusta National, California last April, when he scored a rare albatross.

Although the competition was narrowly won by Bubba Watson, Oosthuizen’s wonderful double eagle was sufficient to be voted the European Tour Shot of the Year. He also gave a splendid account of himself on the PGA Tour last year.

With such a breathtaking display of golf, there is no denying Oosthuizen’s star is on the rise and he could finish tops very soon, bar an unforeseen incident.

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