x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Oosthuizen gets back in the swing

The South African is hoping a return to the golf course for the Scandinavian Masters will provide a welcome distraction from all the attention his British Open win has brought him.

STOCKHOLM // Louis Oosthuizen is hoping a return to the golf course for the Scandinavian Masters will provide a welcome distraction from all the attention his British Open win at St Andrews has brought him. The South African will tee off in the tournament today, as he tries to refocus on his game after lifting the Claret Jug. "It will be a nice thing knowing my phone's off in the bag, and I'm not going to get many phone calls," Oosthuizen said.

Some of those phone calls have been quite pleasant, however. "I got a phone call from Mr Greg Norman, and he said I'm the first person that got him to watch a full round of golf on television. To me that's an enormous thing - it's brilliant." Oosthuizen said the Scandinavian Masters is a chance to maintain his momentum, but he does not feel much added pressure to win. "I'm still the same person - I'll just probably get a few more people looking at me," he said. * AP

PGA Tour Event: RBC Canadian Opens Site: Toronto, Canada Course: St George's (par 70, 7,046 yards) Purse: US$5.1 million (Dh9.2m) European Tour Event: Nordea Scandinavian Masters Site: Stockholm, Sweden Course: Bro Hof Slott (par 72, 7,281 yards) Purse: ?1.6 million (Dh7.5m) Race to Dubai rankings Golfer Country Earnings 1. McDowell N Ireland ?1,974,181 2. Westwood England ?1,822,738 3. Els S. Africa ?1,650,386 4. Schwartzel S. Africa ?1,596,316 5. Oosthuizen S. Africa ?1,510,256