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July 10 2013

5:07 PM

Oosthuizen tuning up for Muirfield

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

Louis Oosthuizen is playing the John Deere Classic in part because of his love for the title sponsor’s product. He also is at TPC Deere Run to try and find some form before next week’s The Open Championship.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, has dealt with his share of injuries this year. He withdrew from last month’s U.S. Open because of a strained hip flexor in his left leg. He also withdrew from this year’s HP Byron Nelson Championship because of a neck injury.

“This year has been very frustrating,” said Oosthuizen, who is 138th in the FedExCup standings. “Whenever I felt I found something that was nice, ... some little injury set me back another week or two. My body’s feeling good this week. If I can have a good week, I’m really looking forward to next week.”

Oosthuizen has just one top-10 in 10 PGA TOUR starts this year (T-10, Shell Houston Open). His tie for 17th at last week’s The Greenbrier Classic was his second-best showing of 2013. The Greenbrier Classic was the first time he completed 72 holes since THE PLAYERS Championship in May. His only two starts in between were his withdrawals from the Byron Nelson and U.S. Open.

Oosthuizen is optimistic that his recovery from his most recent injury is almost complete. “I don't feel it when I hit. It's more of a weakness feeling that almost gets a little numb down left side of the leg and that influenced my swing a little bit, but it's not a pain issue,” he said. " I have my trainer here this week, and last week it wasn't a problem.  We worked on it beforehand and afterwards, so I'm thinking it won't be a problem."

If his health cooperates, though, Oosthuizen said it is not difficult to transition from a parkland course to British links. “I grew up on some really tough courses and played a lot of golf in Europe.  I don't think it takes that long a time, but it is definitely a different type of golf, and yeah, I always like to play shot‑making golf and different shots, and links golf, that's the way you have to play it,” he said. 

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