February 21 2013
MARANA, Ariz. -- It's been a week of firsts for Louis Oosthuizen, who is top-seeded in the Ben Hogan bracket.
He had never seen snow before 4 inches fell on Dove Mountain on Wednesday and halted play. And Oosthuizen was the first of the No. 1 seeds to advance on Thursday, beating Richie Ramsay 2 and 1.
Oosthuizen actually had to come from behind on the back nine to earn the victory. Ramsay was 1 up at the turn and 2 up after his opponent missed a 7-footer to save par at the 11th hole.
But Oosthuizen won the next four holes with two birdies and a par to go 2 up. He halved the 16th with a bogey -- actually missing a 6-footer for par there that would have won the match -- and the 17th with a par to seal the victory.
"Just couldn't really get going, couldn't make putts for birdies, and then had a good run from 12 to 15, taking four in a row," Oosthuizen said. "I had a little putt on 16 to win. But yeah, all in all, very happy. A bit shaky start, but I felt like I kept it together at the end."
Oosthuizen faces the big-hitting Robert Garrigus in the second round. And as for the snow?
"It was really good fun -- especially at the hotel, it was a beautiful setting last night," Oosthuizen said.