BRO, Sweden, (Reuters) – British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen continued his sublime form to share the lead in the Scandinavian Masters first round yesterday.
The 27-year-old South African, who romped to his first major title at St Andrews on Sunday, made five birdies on the back nine to card a five-under-par 67, level with Australian Richard Green and American Dustin Johnson.
“The last thing I wanted to do was put up a bad show because the crowds have been unbelievable to me, cheering me on every tee and green,” Oosthuizen told reporters.
He drew level with Green with a 35-foot birdie putt on the last after holing putts of 30 and 25 feet earlier in the round.
“I didn’t feel any pressure and I guess playing straight after the Open in a way makes it a bit easier because you know you are hitting it well and I made some great putts on the back nine,” Oosthuizen said.
“I’m very tired when I get back to the hotel room and I woke up tired this morning, so it definitely drained me last week.
“But I’m encouraged by knowing I’ll be taking time off next week.”
Left-hander Green, who competed in the Australian Grand Prix GT motor racing category last year, was happy with his more conventional driving.
“My driving has been pretty scratchy this year but a friend this week brought me out an old driver I’d used before and it seems to be doing me some good,” he said.
Johnson, playing on invitation after finishing tied 14th at St Andrews, matched Oosthuizen and Green with a flawless card containing five birdies.