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Louis bullish after Augusta - but Kaymer to be kingJosh Williams April 11, 2012
Louis Oosthuizen is refusing to sit and stew on his Masters heartbreak, preferring instead to jump straight back on the horse by appearing at this week's Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Club.
Oosthuizen looked on course to grasp his second major when he scored a remarkable albatross at Augusta National's second hole on Sunday, but was eventually beaten by Bubba Watson in a play-off.
And the South African, winner of the Open Championship at St Andrews in 2010, can see plenty of positives to take from his weekend experiences.
"I am still a little disappointed that it didn't go my way but it is just one of those things," Oosthuizen said. "It just makes me want that [green] jacket even more now.
"I'm just looking to continue my good form really. I think the first round [in Malaysia] will be pretty tough because of the tiredness, but after that and after some good rest hopefully we can play well. It is a great golf course and if you are playing well there are a lot of birdies to be made out there - but you also have to be careful and not be too aggressive."
It'd be easy to write off the guys who have done a lot of travelling since The Masters, and fatigue is a concern, but playing on consecutive weeks is nothing new to these players. If anything, it'll probably be a relief to play on some greens that are less punishing than those at Augusta.
- Martin Kaymer E/W - 11/1 at bet365
Mark Foster E/W - 70/1 at bet365
Oosthuizen's experiences - and he must have used up a lot of emotional energy - cause me the some concern, however, mainly because he was heavily involved right until the final putts. On the other hand Martin Kaymer was never in contention, and I find it hard to believe he will have been going hell-for-leather over the weekend.
The German placed in the top ten on debut last year and, on what is a pretty short course with narrow fairways, has the long, accurate game to shine. Looking at the stats from the past few iterations, the crucial factor has been finding greens in order to take advantage of the many birdie opportunities.
Kaymer was doing that at Augusta - it was just his short stick that let him down, and he feels the putting surfaces will pose him no such problems in Malaysia. "I think my average putts every day [at Augusta] was 34," Kaymer said. "That's a lot. I'm happy with the way that I'm hitting the ball but obviously those greens are very difficult.
"Obviously coming from The Masters, this golf course looks a bit easier. You can be very aggressive - it will be very difficult to hit the fairways because the drive zones are very small, maybe 10 or 15 yards. It is even tighter than some US Open golf courses that I've played on in the past. The greens are rolling fantastic even though it is a bit slow, but that's fine."
For me, he should be head-and-shoulders above the rest of this field on his day, and odds of 11/1 are more than generous enough.
If you're looking for a longer price then I'd advise Mark Foster, who has been finding greens for fun this season but endured a torrid time with the putter. This could be his week to turn it around - he's too good a player not to do so soon.
Please note that odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.