Oosthuizen knows Augusta better after 2013 agony

Wed Apr 9, 2014 2:36pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Louis Oosthuizen learned more about the Augusta National Golf Club from missing the halfway cut last year than he did by coming perilously close to winning the Masters in 2012, the South African said.

The 2010 British Open champion failed to qualify for the weekend 12 months ago after rounds of 74 and 76 gave him a six-over-par tally of 150.

"Last year I missed the cut but I learned so many things about where they put the pins here and about where not to go on this course," Oosthuizen told Reuters in an interview on the eve of the first major championship of the season.

"That's what people like Phil Mickelson know so well," he added in reference to the triple Masters champion. "They have been playing here for so many years that they know where to go and where not to go.

"It wasn't that my shots last year were so bad it was just that when you get to those trouble spots you know you can't go there again. That's a pretty big thing here."

Oosthuizen, who lost out to American Bubba Watson in a playoff two years ago after having produced a magical albatross two at the second hole in the closing round, said it was particularly important to avoid dropping strokes at Augusta.

"The more you play here the better you understand the course," said the 31-year-old affectionately known as 'Shrek' on the tour.

"You always need to be thinking about putting yourself in a position where you can take the trouble away, keep the bogeys off your card.   Continued...

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen tees off on the 10th hole during a practice round ahead of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake