After missing out on a big title for the third time this year, Luis Ostuysen tried to move his next opportunity quickly.
He believes the disappointment and suspicion of losing Sunday’s final round lead at the British Open was left to Royal St George or at least somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, who flew in a charter carrying 30 players from the final major of the season to the 3M Open in Minnesota.
I enjoyed coming back to this event and playing, sitting at home and thinking about last week’s disappointing Sunday. Ostuysen said after playing a pro game Wednesday morning in the DBC Twin Cities in Plain, a suburb of Minneapolis that first hosted this PGA Tour stop in 2019.
Ostuychen, a 38-year-old South African, finished third at the British Open on Sunday with a late-flowering, highly desirable, gap-toothed 71 run. Won the tournament in 2010.
Although he has never won a regular PGA Tour event, his extraordinary surname is one of the biggest in golf this summer. He finished second to Bill Mickelson at the PGA Championships in May. At the US Open in June he shot in a final valley on the 17th, when John Rahm took charge and Ostuysen finished second. Colin Morikawa snatched the Claret jug at the British Open, and Ostuysen withdrew from the practice without addressing reporters.
In the end I was very backward, had to force things, and couldn’t create scenes, Ostuysen said. You don’t always want to talk about closing again, second place, third place, so I wasn’t there for that conversation.
By the next day, Ostuychen said he was already well.
On a Sunday, Colin played the way you had to play to get a major win. He didn’t make many mistakes, and when he made a mistake, he made incredible inconsistencies. It was frustrating because I knew my game was definitely going to be a pretty solid day, “said Ostuysen, one of six players on the field who turned down a place at the Olympics.
This will be Ostuysen’s first appearance at the 3M Open. Along with Johnson and Papa Watson, he will be marching on Thursday in the fan favorite trio.
With the FedEx Cup betting (he is currently 13th) entering the final extension, Ostuysen withdrew from the chance to win a gold medal two weeks later due to strict COVID-19 restrictions on the Summer Games and World Golf Classic in Tokyo. The European tour includes the Race to Dubai competition (he is in third place).
Ostuysen said the four majors and world events are the events I grew up playing and the events I really want to focus on.
Only Johnson (No. 2), Ostuysen (No. 9), Patrick Reid (No. 13) and Tony Finav (No. 19) made it into the world rankings at the last 3M Open. 2019 by Michael Thompson and Matthew Wolf. Johnson withdrew after 78 in the first round last year due to back pain.
Johnson recovered from that injury to win his first FedEx trophy. He is currently in 15th place and is eager to see and hear fans on last year’s missing course in Minnesota.
The golf course is in perfect condition, Johnson said. “I really enjoyed playing last year, so I wanted to come back and play again.
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