The burden of winning is the expectation that follows, and even haunts, the winner. However, after Louis Oosthuizen stormed through the British Open field at St. Andrews and claimed a shocking seven-stroke victory, he appeared neither flustered nor frazzled, but instead totally unflappable.
Louis, nicknamed “Shrek” (which is much easier to say, and remember, than his often mispronounced last name), began 2010 as a relatively unknown South African golfer who’d risen through the ranks of the Ernie Els Academy. He was catapulted to stardom after a luminous year highlighted by seven top-10’s on the European Tour and the coveted victory at the British Open.
Along with rising stars Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell, Oosthuizen’s consistently solid performance throughout the season helped define 2010 as the year in which Americans faltered to the international players’ level of excellence.
Now that "Shrek" has declared that he will play as a full-time member of the PGA Tour in 2011, the 28-year-old South African has the potential to become a commanding presence on the most competitive Tour worldwide. But how will “Shrek” adapt to the ruthless and intense dog-eat-dog culture of the PGA Tour?