The second big PGA championship win for the South African Oosthuizen in sight

Since raising the Claret Jug at St. Andrews in 2010, Oosthuizen has been runner-up in the Masters 2012, 2015 US and British Open and 2017 PGA Championship.

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa plays his shot from the 14th tee during the second round of the 2021 PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort on May 21, 2021 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (AFP)

South African Louis Oosthuizen has finished second in all four major tournaments since his only major win at the 2010 British Open.

At the PGA Championship, however, a long-awaited second major trophy is within reach, with Oosthuizen scoring a four-under-par-68 on Friday to take the 36-hole lead with US star Phil Mickelson to five- under-139 to share on the windy island of Kiawah Island.

“Did the best I can and hitting the ball was pretty good with the irons. In really windy conditions, you need the hitting to be on song,” said Oosthuizen.

“I just have to stay in this weekend and try not to play myself off tomorrow.”

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Past tournaments

Since raising the Claret Jug at St. Andrews in 2010, Oosthuizen has been runner-up in the Masters 2012, 2015 US and British Open and 2017 PGA Championship.

He lost a sudden death playoff to American Bubba Watson at Augusta National for the green jacket and was beaten in a four-hole playoff at the 2015 British Open in St. Andrews, which was hit by a blow to American Zach Johnson.

He was one shot behind American Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay at the 2015 US Open and finished two shots behind American Justin Thomas at Quail Hollow in the 2017 PGA.

“Two of them were very close to me, they were in the playoffs,” said Oosthuizen. “I don’t think it’s about not being able to or thinking that I can’t get the second. It’s only both times that I was led out.

“Look, getting a second major will be great. There is still a lot of golf and I feel like when I get to a major, I have my game the way I want it to be and I feel very mentally strong in a big week. “

Roll into the weekend @PGAChampionship

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49. Main appearance

The 38-year-old Oosthuizen gained confidence and experience from so many clutch laps with so many majors as he made his 49th big appearance.

He knows that his nerves will kick in when he plays alongside Mickelson on Saturday.

“You will be a little nervous. But I know that and I know how to deal with it or what to do,” said Oosthuizen.

“I’m definitely more comfortable now than I used to be in majors. If I hit it well and know your game is there it will be a little less stressful, but you still have to hit the shots and play in the moment and play well.”

Oosthuizen was delighted to see two compatriots bring charges against the 36-hole leaders. Branden Grace and Christiaan Bezuidenhout two out of 141 tied fourth as they pursued a first major triumph.

“It’s great,” said Oosthuizen. “There are 11 South Africans here this week. We have a great program with young people and it’s great to see them up there.

“They are good friends and great players and they will definitely be up there this weekend.”

Source: AFP

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