JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen rued a poor finish on his back nine which led to a share of seventh in the final round of the US Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links, in California, on Sunday.
Oosthuizen shot a one-over 72 to finish on six-under for the week – seven shots behind American Gary Woodland who won on 13-under. American Brooks Koepka finished second on 10-under.
The 2010 Open Champion was right in the mix, after starting the round four behind Woodland, as Oosthuizen rose to nine-under with birdies on the first and fourth. There would not be any more birdies on the nine, but it was a solid two-under on his outward loop.
Disaster struck on the 10th for Oosthuizen as he made double bogey, and he had two more bogeys on 12 and 14 to end his chances of winning. He did pull a shot back on the par three 17th, but that proved scant consolation for a round that promised much more in the early stages.
“After nine holes I definitely had a good shot. I still probably had to go three or four-under on that back nine if I wanted to win,” said Oosthuizen.