Louis Oosthuizen won the pre-Masters par-3 contest, Wednesday, becoming the third South African in a row to win the nine-hole event.
Oosthuizen follows fellow countrymen Rory Sabbatini and Tim Clark who won in 2008 and 2009 respectively. They each finished with a score of five-under but Oosthuizen went one better with his six-under score of just 21 shots, just one stroke away from a new record.
Oosthuzien finished two strokes ahead of 16-year old amateur prodigy Matteo Manassero, Jerry Pate, K.J.Choi, and David Duval. This may be in fact a bad omen for him, though, as no one has ever won the Masters after winning this traditional tune-up round before the tournament. The recent Andalucia Open winner will have a chance to reverse this trend when the 2010 Masters gets underway tomorrow.
An interesting rumour had spread earlier in the day that Tiger Woods would be playing in the par-3 challenge. Woods’ spokesman, however, denied this and announced that Woods had left Augusta for the day after playing with Mark O’Meara for nine holes.
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