Not *this* year...
Eight Is Enough
By Torleif Sorenson on 7/19/13
Louis Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 Open Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, will not win this year's Open. The South African regretfully withdrew on the eighth hole on Thursday — in fact, he had to be driven back to the clubhouse in a cart by a tournament official.
"I'm bitterly disappointed to have to pull out of the Open and it looks likely now I am going to have to take some time off and give my neck the rest I've been told it needs.

"I thought I would be okay today as I warmed up pretty well on the range hitting balls. But then as the round progressed the pain in my neck translated into my hips and I just found it increasingly uncomfortable to walk.

"The Open means so much to me and to have to withdraw in this manner is extremely disappointing on top of also having to pull out of (the US Open at) Merion."
Oosthuizen was in the Quad Cities last week for the John Deere Classic — an even for which he has a pronounced affection — but shot 72-70 to miss the cut. The neck injury is serious enough that Oosthuizen also said that he would miss the PGA Championship at Oak Hill next month.

This is a shame; Oosthuizen has a solid game and an almost textbook-perfect swing. While he has only contended at two other majors (a solo 2nd at the 2012 Masters and a T-9 at the 2011 U.S. Open), he is still a solid prospect at the big ones.

Interestingly, while he talked about a *neck* injury on Thursday, Oosthuizen mentioned a different ailment on his Twitter account:



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[ comments ]
legitimatebeef says:
Seem to recall him having a rib type issue late last year in the Fedex playoffs. WTF.
7/19/13
 
mustang6560 says:
He's fragile, beef.
7/19/13
 
falcon50driver says:
The foot bone is connected to the leg bone, the leg bone is connected to the thigh bone......
7/19/13
 
slimpks1850 says:
As an Oosthuizen fan I was very disappointed again. I went in hoping he'd be relevant. More of the same. Not a factor at all.

He even mentioned his health in his playing lesson with Holly Sonders.
7/20/13
 
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