Louis Oosthuizen (Alastair Grant, Associated Press)
Every now and then, an athlete that may not have been the most recognizable on the international sports scene, comes to the forefront.
On the weekend in St. Andrews, Scotland, that athlete became South African Louis Oosthuizen.
Oosthuizen, was ranked 54th in the World Golf Rankings a week ago, but used his driver with excellence on the weekend, and defeated Lee Westwood by seven strokes to win the British Open.
If you’re thinking Oosthuizen came out of nowhere to win the Open, you’re right. Only once before had the 27 year-old made the cut at a Major Championship. Oosthuizen finished 73rd at the 2008 PGA Championship in Oakland Hills, Michigan. He now becomes the most popular athlete in the history of sports whose last name begins with two o’s.
So, I, like many will wait and see if Oosthuizen is the next Els, Goosen or Player or the next Lawrie, Beem or Micheel. Time will tell.