Masters runner-up Louis Oosthuizen is hoping for a good performance in the Malaysian Open this week to help put his playoff defeat in the first Major of the year behind him.
The South African narrowly lost out on winning his second Major title after losing the Masters in a playoff against Bubba Watson, thanks to a magnificent wedge shot by the left-handed American on the second playoff hole.
Oosthuizen keeps positive attitude
Oosthuizen spent much of the 30-hour journey from Georgia to Kuala Lumpur thinking about what went wrong and how he could have done things differently, eventually coming to the conclusion that he had done everything he could.
"Every second on the flight I was thinking about what I would have done different," explained Oosthuizen.
"But I think there probably isn't much I would have done different. I felt like I gave it my all, didn't throw anything away, played the best I probably could have coming down the stretch in a Major and I was outplayed.
It's a very healthy attitude to have, and it means he has arrived in Malaysia on top form and full of confidence.
"I think anyone that is playing well wants to try to get some wins under your belt. I think any performance in a Major, whether it is winning, losing a playoff or finishing top three, will give you a lot of confidence going forward.
"I'm just looking to continue my good form really. I think the first round will be pretty tough because of the tiredness but after that and after some good rest hopefully we can play well," said Oosthuizen.
Strong field for Malaysia Open
But it won’t be easy for the former Open champion as he will be joined in the field by no less than four Majors winners in Malaysia this week including last year’s Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, former world No 1 Martin Kaymer and American Todd Hamilton.
He will also have to watch out for the defending champion, Italian sensation Matteo Manassero, who is keen to kick-start his Ryder Cup qualification campaign this week.
Oosthuizen will play the first two rounds with compatriot and long-time friend Schwartzel, which will be good for both players as they try to shake off the Augusta dust and jetlag.
Do you think Louis will be up for it this week, or will the heartache of the Masters and a 30-hour plane trip put paid to his chances?
So much for jet-lag; South African Major champions Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, after a 30-hour flight from the USA to Malaysia have shot first rounds of 8-under 64 and 6-under 66 respectively.
The pair had one of the earlier tee times and took advantage of some decent scoring conditions. Schwartzel leads the tournament by two shots, while Oosthuizen is currently tied for second. There is still a lot of golf to be played today though.
Kuala Lumper G&CC
Types of grass
Greens: Seaisle Supreme
Fairways: Seashore Paspalum
Tees: Seashore Paspalum
Rough: Seashore Paspalum
Weather in advance: hot and humid with thunder storms and rain in the evenings
Weather during the tournament: hot and humid with a daily threat of thunder storms
Course designer: Nelson Howarth
Special features: course reconstructed February 2007, opened October 2008 – redesign by E&G Parlsow
Tree lined/exposed: Sparse covering of trees
Water hazards: additional small lake on the ninth hole, meaning there is water on 13 holes.
2011 – Matteo Manassero
2010 – Seung-yul Noh
2009 – Anthony Kang
2008 –Arjun Atwal
2007 – Peter Hedblom
2006 – Charlie Wi
2005 – Thongchai Jaidee
2004 – Thongchai Jaidee
2003 – Arjun Atwal
2002 – Alastair Forsyth