South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen Wins 2010 British Open
Each year when I watch the British Open I am reminded of two extremely important concepts that every golfer should learn and master.
First, when around the green, putt when you can. Second, hit down on your woods like you hit down on your irons.
Louis Oosthuizen and the rest of the field (including master of the lob shot, Phil Mickelson) were putting and bump and running from fifty yards and in, all week.
The pros almost always do this when the greens are surrounded by tight fairway grass, and you should too.
Analyst Paul Azinger, on ESPN's British Open, said Sunday he hoped "the viewer wasn't bored to death by the blowout, because what you saw was like a surgeon on the course." Analyst Tom Watson agreed, saying Louis Oosthuizen's seven-stroke win was a "surgical performance."
With the memory of Dustin Johnson's epic U.S. Open collapse still fresh, the world tuned in to watch how a little-known little man from South Africa would handle a four-stroke lead and the pressure of Golf's biggest stage.
Louis Oosthuizen had it all the way.
So much so, in fact, that the energy and excitement normally endemic to the final day of a Major cowered and hid from the workmanlike consistency Oosthuizen brought to St. Andrews.
And it never found an opportunity to show itself.