Oosthuizen: “I feel like I’m playing in a British Open”
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By |  June 10, 2014
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Charl Schwartzel practices his chipping on No. 18 late Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Seth Jones

Good news if you’re Louis Oosthuizen: this course reminds you of the same major you won four years ago.

I caught up with  Oosthuizen, winner of the 2010 Open Championship, after he finished his practice round with Ernie Els and Charl Schwartzel (pictured). This is what he had to say of the conditions Tuesday afternoon:

“Greens are fine now, but they’ve got to water it if they don’t want to lose it. You can see there’s already patches on the green that look like it’s burnt. It all depends on what they want out of it. But it’s some place tough now, I think it’s going to be, the way everything is shaped around the greens. It’s going to be really tough if they don’t wet them.”

(On the native areas) “It’s like being in a hazard, or in a bunker. You can be really screwed or you can have a fine (lie). It’s all a gamble.

You’ll see around the fairways as well, in the middle of the fairway it’s pretty green where the sprinklers are, and on the side it’s quite dead, so you can run off easily into the dead stuff.

All in all, great track, I feel like I’m playing in a British Open.”

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at sjones@northcoastmedia.net.

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