Louis Oosthuizen Wins Maybank Malaysian Open
By mustang6560 on 4/16/12
The Maybank Malaysian Open is not a major championship. And Louis Oosthuizen did not collapse on the back nine of the Masters. But, the South African pulled off a Rory McIlroy-esque rebound win on the European Tour Sunday.

Louis, along with several other European Tour players, flew from from Augusta, Georgia following the Masters to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to compete in the Malaysian Open. It took 30 hours for the 2012 Masters' runner-up to get to the Malaysian capital, which is 12 hours ahead of the east Georgia city. But, Louis managed the jet lag and defeated a competitive field to win his fifth European title.
“I thought I was going to be a lot more tired,” said Oosthuizen, after recording the fifth victory by a South African on the 2012 Race to Dubai. “It was a long journey to get here and I have to be honest and say that I didn't expect to play this well because of the tiredness.
If you've ever traveled abroad, then you know how tough it can be to get over jet lag. Sure, some people adjust faster than others, but traveling to the opposite side of the world is no easy task - it makes me tired just thinking about it.

So I was really impressed when I saw that Louis won. Not only was he battling the physical stress of jet lag, he was also battling the mental stress of losing the Masters less than one week ago. Combined, those two stresses could easily have been too much for Louis to overcome. But, the South African is a major champion and major champions know how to handle the stresses of professional golf.

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[ comments ]
legitimatebeef says:
Fail to see the comparison here. Nathan makes a bogey on this one.
bashworth says:
the comparison I see is last year rory did the same thing going over to malaysia after the masters and came in 3rd, however losing by 2, but also his bouce-back in winning the US open
mustang6560 says:
I'm glad to see one of you was actively reading.
homermania says:
Oh, snaphook!
legitimatebeef says:
But Louis played admirably in the Masters, no reason to be down on himself. If anything it's quite apt that he won his next tournament. Apt!!!
Duke of Hazards says:
Jet lag is worse going from west to east, btw.
falcon50driver says:
Flying a jet for one hour is as physically tiring as digging a ditch for three hours.
mjaber says:
@Duke... It was worse for me going east to west. Had a 3 week trip (work-related) to Belgium a couple years ago. Took me about a week to adjust to the time difference when I got there. Only took a day or 2 to adjust back when I got home.
mmontisano says:
i'm with Duke. i think it's harder going west to east. it only takes a couple days to get used to Asia time while it could take a week to get back to US time.
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