South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen did not bogey, scoring -6 after 18 holes in the 149th round of the major The Open on July 15.

On opening day, Oosthuizen from the start of the round held a seven-point streak of par, then scored six birdies over nine holes. And with the sixth birdie at hole 16, he led the team to compete for the title. The player born in 1982 finished first by keeping par on the 18th hole even though he was previously caught in a bunker on the fairway.

Oosthuizen took off his hat to thank the fans while walking on the green of the 18th hole, round one of The Open on July 15.  Photo: AP

Oosthuizen took off his hat to thank the fans while walking on the green of the 18th hole, round one of The Open on July 15. Image: AP

One stroke away from Oosthuizen is T2 consisting of Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman. Spieth scored a bogey early in the round but made up for it with six birdies while Harman seven birdies and two bogeys. Spieth is 11 years younger than Oosthuizen, having held Claret Jug in 2017 – the third major besides nine PGA Tour championships, while Harman has only two titles in the US arena.

Harman was born in 1987 with a modest figure compared to most of his colleagues – 1.7 meters tall, weighing about 70 kg. He is on the “Lefty side” with Phil Mickelson – the left hand gives the main force and the right hand guides when swinging the club.

“Patience is the key to winning a major. It’s the only lesson I’ve learned over the years. Losing a game due to subjective factors or losing because of a better opponent doesn’t matter. We need to quickly forget the sadness of losing. before it slows you down,” Oosthuizen said after peaking this year’s The Open round – 64 strokes, equivalent to the 18-hole ceiling in events and battlefields back in 1981.

He won The Open in St. Andrews in 2010 and then six more runner-ups at other major equal events, including recent two occasions including the PGAChampionship – lost to Phil Mickelson in May, and the US Open – lost to Jon Rahm in June.

Oosthuizen hit the ball on the 17th hole of the first round of The Open on July 17.  Photo: AP

Oosthuizen hit the ball on the 17th hole of the first round of The Open on July 17. Image: AP

Yesterday, The Open with 156 players recorded 48 people with negative scores. Among these are not defending champion Shane Lowry and bright candidates before the tournament such as Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau. These three stars are one club away from the expected grade cutoff at +1.

World number one Dustin Johnson is standing at T20 (-2). An Byeong Hun from South Korea is the only Asian representative in the top 10 after 18 holes. He was in T9 (-3), alongside 10 other players, including Justin Rose, Danny Willett and Tommy Fleetwood – three native faces with multiple PGA Tour or European Tour titles.

The Open is the oldest major, organized by Royal & Ancient (R&A) since 1860. This year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s par70 in Sandwich, UK with a bonus fund of 11.5 million USD.

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