18. 7. 2010
We know our next St Andrews Open Champion! Louis Oosthuizen from South Africa finished his fourth round on the Old Course with an excellent score of 16 under par. It was clear after the 12th hole that he was going to win so the finish lacked the drama St Andrews has witnessed so many times before. But what it definitely did not lack was emotion and the huge galleries witnessed a spectacular display of golf.
Personally, if could chose one from the leading players to win the Open Championship, it would have been Louis. He has been enthusiastic, polite and very humble throughout the four days. He seemed genuinely excited about having the opportunity to play in the Open Championship at St Andrews. His performance on the golf course today was not just a great sporting achievement but also a one full of camaraderie and fun so very pleasant to watch.
Louis’ short speech after he had been presented with the Claret Jug showed how much it meant to him. I believe this is extremely important for the Open Championship winner to show human face and to engage with the spectators and fans. It is a great achievement for South Africa to receive an Open Champion right after the country had hosted the World Cup and on Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Well-done indeed!
At a press conference right after the tournament Louis said: “To win an Open Championship is special, but to win it here at St Andrews is something you dream about. I’m proud of the way I held my nerves and everything at the back nine, especially when I got to the 14th tee. I knew I could throw a big lead away.”
Apparently Gary Player phoned Louis this morning and they had a little chat in his native language Afrikaans. He advised him to stay calm, have a lot of fun and not to worry about the crowd too much which was more likely to be on Paul’s side. And it seems the advice worked out nicely.
St Andrews has also rewarded us all with just a beautiful day, probably to make up for the last three. It was warm, breezy and sunny. It was just a perfect setting to set up a stage for the welcome of the new Open Champion.
The excitement about getting to know the new St Andrews Open Champion had been huge since early morning. The golf fans and golf history fans in particular know that history has been made at St Andrews so many times and virtually every Open Champion winner at St Andrews became a bit of a legend. Most of the players commented on it during the course of the week saying that to play in the Open Championship at St Andrews is the ultimate and it is just as good as it gets. There were a few players in the field for whom this year’s Open was the first one. Spaniard Alejandro Canizares said yesterday after his 3rd round it was just great fun to be here and play the Old Course and that to win or to come in a good position was only a bonus. I think this fully catches the magic of St Andrews Open.
To reveal a bit from behind the scenes preparations for the prize giving ceremony it has to be said that everything was perfectly organised and running like a well-oiled machine prepared for yet another spectacle. There was a little map posted in the media centre this morning showing where the trophy was going to be presented and where the Champion was going to stand, where TV, photographers and written press were going to be positioned.
The 2010 Open Championship has been as wonderful as you would expect. The number of spectators beat last year’s total by a mile, it was nearly double with 201,000 spectators attending and sharing the excitement of the golf feast.
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