Time is running out for Oosthuizen as the 150th Open prepares to kick off

South Africa’s highest ranked golfer Louis Oustwizen knows he doesn’t have many major golf championships left, and as the Open Championship celebrates its 150th anniversary.th staging at the Old Course at St. Andrews from Thursday, he would normally be a sentimental favourite.

Ostwizen won the Open at St Andrews in 2010 and finished second in the playoffs in 2015. It’s one of his six runners-up in the majors, so he’d be a popular winner were it not for his controversial decision to join the rebel league LIV Golf.

The 39-year-old knows this could be his last major championship. He withdrew from both the PGA Tour and the European DP World Tour, hoping to cut back on golf. So LIV Golf, with its limited schedule and guaranteed big prizes, is fine with him, while he retained his Sunshine Tour membership and could very well play in South Africa more often than in recent years.

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There are two other South African LIV golfers in the Open Championship – Justin Harding and Sean Norris – neither of whom seem to stand much of a chance of winning.

Harding appeared to be back in shape last weekend when he started Scottish Open with the 65th, and then told the media that he did not expect the LIV Golf to be as much buzz as it was. Detractors will say it was karma as he then fired 74-77-72 to crash the leaderboard.

Favorite golf course

For others, less weary of making millions on the tour, the mere opportunity to play in a major championship at perhaps the most beloved golf course on the planet will be the highlight of a career.

Triston Lawrence will make his major league debut alongside 17-year-old sensation Aldrich Potgieter, who won the British Amateur last month and will become St Andrews’ youngest ever player.

At the other end of the spectrum, 52-year-old Ernie Els, a two-time Open champion, would fit right into the top 150.th celebrations. He loves life in America on Champions [Senior] tourbut is not enthusiastic about the LIV Golf, calling it “silly season golf”.

Among other South Africans in fieldfor Christian Bezuidenhout, Dean Burmester, Dylan Frittelli, Garrick Higgo, Zander Lombard and Eric van Rooyen, there is not much to say about form.

After the serene years between 1994 and 2012when the South Africans won nine major titles, there was a drought that lasted 44 championships with nothing.

Don’t bet that this will change this weekend if you don’t believe in sports tales.

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