Not even the sport’s top player, American Tiger Woods, had the staying power to prevent Oosthuizen’s runaway seven shot victory. Woods ended with a poor showing, tied at 23rd at three under, after a final round 72.
The 27 year old Oosthuizen completed his victory with a par on the final hole. He said it was difficult to maintain his calm while in the lead, but remained focused and determined to win.
Before the tournament, many thought that Tiger Woods would have returned to his winning ways. Oosthuizen was considered a 200-1 shot with most bookmakers.
While accepting the prized trophy, Oosthuizen extended birthday wishes to Nelson Mandela, who made 92 on Sunday, (July 18th). The day was decaled Nelson Mandela Day by the United Nations, in recognition of the outstanding work and achievements of Mr. Mandela, in areas of peace, democracy and public service.
This was the 150th anniversary of the British Open and Woods was hoping to become the first golfer to win three consecutive titles.