The 2010 British Open came to an anticlimactic conclusion on Sunday when 27-year-old South African Louis Oosthuizen ran away from the field to win by an amazing 7 strokes. That margin of victory tops Tigers 5 stoke win in 2000 to become one of the most lopsided results in tournament history. The pronunciation of Louis odd last name became the topic of conversation for the broadcasters who had little else to talk about while Oosthuizen was cruising to a victory on Sunday. Louis led for the final 48 holes and left little for drama on a rather uneventful final round.
Scotland’s famous St. Andrews golf course provided mixed conditions throughout the tournament. A course known for its treacherous weather was remarkably calm on both the opening and final rounds. Friday and Saturday were more the norm with winds reaching over 30 miles per hour but Oosthuizen was able to cope with the challenge unlike some of golf’s biggest names. Tiger Woods had a promising opening round, shooting 5 under but failed to post another reasonable score in a tournament that saw him struggle to make any puts.
The tournament may have been boring by today’s standards but it also provided us with a rags to riches story that we should all respect. Oosthuizen, the son of a dairy farmer, was so impoverished that he had to rely on resources such as the Ernie Els Foundation to supply him with clubs to play. Louis is now a major champion and has his name (however long and difficult to pronounce) is etched into the Claret Jug for eternity.