July 17th, 2010 by Kristofer Anderson
If history has taught us anything it is that people have a hard time hanging on to win majors. Ricky Barnes at the U.S. Open in 2009 and Aaron Baddeley are just two guys who had substantial leads going into or during the final round of a major and could not hold on. Pressure just seems to get the best of anyone not named Tiger or Phil and this does not help one Louis Oosthuizen. While he is an accomplished player he has nothing in his resume to match the pressure of the British Open, at St. Andrews as well. Given the fact that this will be his first Sunday round at the British Open the odds are certainly stacked against him. He can also take away wins by other golfers, Graeme McDowell for instance, that prove that it is possible for newbies to rise to the occasion. The fact is that fields at major championships are incredibly strong these days and even the amateurs are posting good results. Anyone in the field has the potential to win the title and change their lives.
While there is no doubt that Louis is stirring in his hotel room at this very moment, trying to get to sleep, we may be seeing a new breed of golfer coming through the ranks. Rory has shown that there is some new blood in town and perhaps golfers such as Osthuizen are realizing they have the ability to compete in majors as well. It looks like it will be a great final round and from past results anyone within ten shots may have a chance when the pressure hits on the back nine.