Oosthuizen Oozes Class

Sat 14 Apr 2012

Oosthuizen Oozes Class

Kuala Lumpur, April 14: South African Louis Oosthuizen underlined his star credentials by seizing the halfway lead at the Maybank Malaysian Open on Saturday, a week after a disappointing Masters Tournament play-off loss and travelling halfway around the world.

Oosthuizen, nicknamed after the animated character “Shrek” because of his gap teeth, returned to the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in the morning to complete his six holes of the second round with two more birdies for a four-under-par 68.

Countrymen Jbe Kruger, leader of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, and Hennie Otto trail Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, by one with Scotland’s Stephen Gallagher in the US$2.5 million tournament sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

The third round will start at 11.40am with the leading group going off at 1.30pm.

Oosthuizen travelled for nearly 30 hours from Augusta to Kuala Lumpur where he spent “every second” reflecting on his play-off defeat to American left-hander Bubba Watson in the year’s opening Major.

The 29-year-old South African, who entered Masters folklore with an albatross on the second hole during the final round, has shown no ill effects of jetlag to shoot up the leaderboard in the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Two birdies on 14 and 15 put him in the driver’s seat but Oosthuizen knows there is plenty of golf yet with 16 players being five shots off the lead with 36 holes remaining.

“I felt comfortable as I had a good night’s rest and I felt good this morning at the range and hit a few good shots,” said Oosthuizen, who leads on 10-under-par 134.


“I like the golf course. I didn’t play very well last year but it’s a good track. Greens are a bit different from Augusta, quite grainy and not as fast. But I think there are a lot of birdie opportunities out there if you hit the greens. You adapt quickly.

“I think you get used to the travelling and stuff. You know beforehand that it’s going to be tough and your mindset is as such that you know it’s going to be tough. But it’s been okay. I can do with minimum sleep. I’m fine with it. You just get tired when it gets to six or seven (in the evening) and last night I was out cold at 7.30 but up early in the morning. It’s one of those things. It’s a tough week but you prepare yourself mentally for it.”

Oosthuizen said he has not thought much about his near miss at the Masters Tournament as he chases a fifth European Tour victory and first in Asia.

“It’s always going to be at the back of your mind. Once you’re on the golf course, you don’t think about anything. You just think about the game on the day. It’s difficult (though) sitting wherever in the clubhouse and they are showing the highlights of last week. It’s a week where you want to forget. I’ve got three weeks after this and it’ll help a lot just focusing on the year ahead,” he said.

Two-time Asian Tour number one Jeev Milkha Singh joined countryman Jyoti Randhawa on 138, four behind the leader, after completing his second round in 73, shooting one birdie in his last six holes this morning.

“I struggled with my driving yesterday. I was two-over for the 12 holes that I played. I’m still in there, I’m four shots behind and I’m looking forward to the next two days,” said Singh.

“The rain suspension helped. I went back to give it a good thought. I told myself to think positively about the driver because my driver cracked during the pro-am day so I’m using a new driver. I tried it and it was really good on Thursday and it wasn’t up to the mark on Friday. I’m getting used to it and will make the most out of it in the next two days.”

Scores after round 2 of the Maybank Malaysian Open 2012 being played at the par 72, 6967 Yards Kuala Lumpur GcC course (a- denotes amateur):

134 - Louis OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 66-68.

135 - Hennie OTTO (RSA) 71-64, Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 70-65, Stephen GALLACHER (SCO) 67-68.

136 - Romain WATTEL (FRA) 68-68.

137 - David LIPSKY (USA) 70-67, Martin KAYMER (GER) 70-67.

138 - Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 66-72, Danny WILLETT (ENG) 69-69, Jeev Milkha SINGH (IND) 65-73, Ben FOX (USA) 70-68, Rhys DAVIES (WAL) 70-68.

139 - Simon DYSON (ENG) 69-70, Ricardo GONZALEZ (ARG) 68-71, Rafael CABRERA-BELLO (ESP) 67-72, Charl SCHWARTZEL (RSA) 64-75.

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Founded in 1929, the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) as the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia has been entrusted to promote the game while preserving its traditions and integrity.

It’s a non-government organization that runs by volunteers who are passionate about the game with the help of a team of management staff.

The Association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroot programs and training of the athletes to represent Malaysia in the international events.

We take our responsibilities seriously in promoting the game in Malaysia while simultaneously upholding the Rules of Golf as prescribed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A).

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As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor (Official Trophy Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Smartphone and Tablet) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future.

The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2012, will feature a minimum of 46 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday.

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GlobalOne is an executive lifestyle sports marketing consultancy. We serve an expanding stable of prestigious Asia-Pacific clients through a network offices in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Indonesia. We have in the past created partnerships in golf, motor racing, sailing, tennis, rugby, skiing, athletics, basketball, cycling and skiing. Today, GlobalOne’s primary focus and area of sports rights ownership is professional golf.

GlobalOne currently stages two highly successful tournaments in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour and the Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open. Over the past six years, GlobalOne has promoted a total of 21 events, all co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, with total prize money in excess of US$20 million. GlobalOne has also staged the first World Cup of Golf in Asia, at China’s Mission Hills in 1995, and a second World Cup of Golf event in Kuala Lumpur in 1999.

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