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Shrek Wins British Open, or Curb Your Oosthuiziasm – SportsUntapped.com
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Added July 19th, 2010 by Chalk

Shrek Wins British Open, or Curb Your Oosthuiziasm
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A week ago, Lodewicus Theodorus “Louis” Oosthuizen was ranked 54th in the world, but was largely unheralded.  The 27-year-old South African got his first European Tour win earlier this year, but had not impressed in his first eight majors — in fact, he’d only made one cut and never finished better than a T-73.  And yet Oosthuizen absolutely ran away with this year’s British Open at St. Andrews, winning by seven strokes and keeping the lead for the tournament’s final 48 holes.

The closest anyone got to Oosthuizen on Sunday was when Paul Casey got within three strokes, and Oosthuizen immediately responded by draining a 50-foot eagle putt on the par-4 ninth.  It was a damn impressive four days for a guy whose gap-toothed smile earned him the nickname “Shrek” from his friends.  I guess I can see the resemblance:

Besides the funny nickname, Shrek Oosthuizen has a little bit of his own fairy tale story.  He’s the son a sheep farmer, and has only gotten this far in golf with the help of the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation.  He’s also already been giving back with his own Junior Golf Academy.

Oosthuizen is the first golfer to win his first major at St. Andrews since Tony Lema did it back in 1964.  Lee Westwood finished second at -9, while Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy were tired for third at -8.  McIlroy had a very up and down week after starting with a historic 63 on Thursday and following it with an 80 on Friday.

After his 67 on Thursday, Tiger Woods never broke par the rest of the weekend and finished T-23 along with Graeme McDowell and two others at -3.  John Daly, similarly started strong with an opening-round 66 and then was above par in each of his last three rounds to finish T-48 at +1 in a pack that included world #2 Phil Mickelson.

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