More majors on smooth-swinging Oosthuizen's radar

Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:22am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - World number four Louis Oosthuizen's swing leaves commentators and fans purring with delight and after racking up his sixth European Tour win on Sunday the only thing on the South African's mind is winning more majors.

Oosthuizen ran away with the 2010 British Open to claim his first major title by seven shots and while the 30-year-old has yet to win in the United States, he is eyeing another big trophy in 2013.

"It's all going to come down to the majors. If I can try and get a major this year - one, or two even - then the difference will be the majors, because it's got the big points," Oosthuizen said after his one-shot Volvo Golf Champions victory.

Oosthuizen moved up to a career-high fourth in the rankings and immediately targeted a further rise with only world number one Rory McIlroy, 14-times major champion Tiger Woods and Briton Luke Donald standing in his way.

"Even if I or Tiger or Luke play really well, Rory is still playing well. It will be tough to catch him," he said.

"Top spot is a tough one. I think Rory is far ahead, so if I can somehow get myself to number two then I can work on trying to get to number one."

The first major on Oosthuizen's radar is the April 11-14 U.S. Masters, on an Augusta course he likes after losing in a playoff to Bubba Watson last year. However, the South African is not playing up his chances.

"I'm just going to try and handle it as a normal tournament. I never like to have big expectations before the tournament," he said.

"I like to start the tournament and then if I feel my game is there and I'm playing really well, then you know, everything starts ... that attitude where I feel I've got a good chance this week."   Continued...

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa plays a shot on the 7th hole during the final of the 2012 Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko