• Louis Oosthuizen gearing up for St Andrews return
• He lifted the Claret Jug in the last Open at the Home of Golf
• "It's probably my favourite golf course in the world"
Louis Oosthuizen is gearing up for the 144th Open at St Andrews and can’t wait to play ‘probably his favourite golf course in the world’.
The 32-year-old lifted the Claret Jug the last time the Home of Golf hosted the Open back in 2010, cruising to seven-shot victory ahead of Lee Westwood, with Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey a further shot back.
Since then, the South African has failed to add to his major tally but has come close on a couple of occasions, losing out to Bubba Watson in a play-off at the 2012 Masters before finishing runner-up to Jordan Spieth at the US Open two weeks ago.
"It’s probably my favourite golf course in the world" - Louis Oosthuizen
“I’m really looking forward to going back to St Andrews,” said Louis Oosthuizen, who was speaking ahead of this week’s Greenbrier Classic. “I always enjoy playing there and it’s probably my favourite golf course in the world.
“I'm getting my game in good shape; I'm playing well. Obviously last week , I was really disappointed. I think I made all my birdies on the back nine at Chambers Bay on Sunday and only made one last week in two rounds.
“Hopefully I make a few more this week. But I'm hitting the ball well and I’m looking forward to St Andrews.”
With the Open just two weeks away, Louis Oosthuizen admits he’s taking just one tournament at a time though and won’t be thinking about teeing it up at St Andrews once he gets underway at White Sulphur Springs tomorrow.
“Every week you take as it comes,” said Oosthuizen. “I think I'm working on a few things to get my game to where I want it to be but before a major, you always work on those little things.
“Once a tournament starts on Thursday, you forget about the Open in two weeks' time. You're playing this week and trying to win this week. You know, take it as it comes, one shot at a time, and hopefully maintain the focus and do well.”
Louis Oosthuizen tees off at 8am local time alongside Webb Simpson and Paul Casey, who lost in a play-off to Bubba Watson at the Travelers Championship last week.
Louis Oosthuizen :: Another Open win?
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