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Oopen and Shut Case for Oosthuizen

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Louis Oosthuizen made only two bogeys over the final 35 holes and finished at 16-under to win his first major championship Sunday on the Old Course at St. Andrews. The 27-year-old Oosthuizen, who trusted FJ ICON golf shoes, style #52005, and a SciFlex glove, closed with a final round 1-under 71 to win The Open Championship by a remarkable seven shots over fellow FJ player, Lee Westwood (FJ golf shoes, Pure Touch Limited glove).

It was revealed during the final round that Oosthuizen marks his SciFlex glove with a red dot so when he looks down before each shot, he is reminded to focus on the shot at hand and dispel all distractions, something that served him well en route to the biggest victory of his career.

“It’s a good thing to just think about the golf on the golf course,” said  Oosthuizen, explaining the Red Dot during his post-match interview. He’d gotten advice about how to do that, and he wanted a reminder.

“I needed, like, a trigger just to get back in the moment… and whenever I look at it I know…just to compose myself, focus on this shot, forget about everything around you.”

Oosthuizen went 24 consecutive holes without a bogey until his streak ended on the par-3 eighth hole by missing a 6-foot par putt. That trimmed his lead to three, the closest anyone would get during the final round. His playing partner hit driver onto the par-4 ninth green and Oosthuizen answered by doing the same. When he holed his 50-foot eagle putt, his lead was back to four shots, same as when he started.

Oosthuizen spent the final hour with a big grin on his face, although he started out that way, too. He put his arm around caddie Zack Rasego after hitting off the 18th tee and walking over the Swilcan Bridge, thousands of fans packed into the grandstands, along the road and peering out the shop windows.

The biggest smile came on the 18th green, with a hug for Rasego, and an embrace with wife Nel-Mare and 7-month-old daughter Jana. It will be years before the child can appreciate the magnitude of this moment.

"I will say, 'That's the day Daddy makes us the proudest,'" his wife said. "And we'll never forget it."

In 2010, When FJ Wins, You Win. Enter here for your chance to win FJ ICON golf shoes and a SciFlex glove, just like Louis Ossthuizen wore en route to victory Sunday.


  • Boy, can this young man play the game. He will be a man to watch in the coming months and years. My congratulations to him for a woderful exhibition of how to play this game we call GOLF.

  • This was a great win for fans of South African golf, and showed how when you play in Scotland is as important as how you play. Clearly Louis played outstanding golf, but when you review the Round 2 playing times, it is possible to see how Rory may have been able to compete better had he teed off early on Satutday with Louis.

    Congratulations on a fine victory!

  • Aim small miss small. Its amazing how someone can come out of nowhere to win a major with keeping it simple and playing their game. Everyone tries to play the game "fitted" to win a tournament but the right game is the game that works. Great win and great golf.

  • GREAT ARTICLE CHRIS.

    OOPEN IS CLEVER AND HE WAS AWSOME,,,NEVER WAVERED.

    MAGNIFICENT DRIVING EXEBITION.

    ANOTHER FOOTJOY WINNER,,,,WHAT'S NEW?

  • Amazing eagle after that bogey. What better way to show you are on top of the game and what better way to show your opponent who is mentally strongest. Without a doubt, Oosthuizen is here to stay!

  • Maria must be over the moon with the coverage the SciFlex received on Sunday.  Great job Louis!

  • WOW WHAT A WIN FOR LOUIS! WHEN YOU WEAR FOOTJOY PRODUCTS YOU NOT ONLY LOOK LIKE A PRO BUT YOU PLAY LIKE ONE TOO! I LOVE USING MY SCI-FLEX GLOVE, YOU HAVE AN AMAZING GRIP ON THE CLUB ESPECIALLY IN THE RAIN! GO TEAM FOOTJOY!!!

  • great win, amazing how calm he looked with all the pressure around him.

  • I agree with Tar Heel... Rory had the bad draw but Louie played great. He deserved it.

  • Gotta figure out what color dot to put on my FJ glove.

  • good article!!  what a reminder to just live in the moment and focus on it! he really played so well and he's in contention in the Scandinavian Masters just one stroke off the lead!

  • Loius did amazingly well in keeping his nerve in what must have been the most high pressure situation of his life!! He will win many more times and is a true credit to FJ and his other sponsors!! He didn't have to think about his equipment as he knew he was using the best, especially the glove, all he had to do was let that amazing free flowing swing do what it does best!!

  • A very interesting idea.  

  • is it an alignment aid too?