CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Louis Oosthuizen injured his arm and bent his 8-iron on a swing that hit a root on the second hole. But he still made par 4 there and shot par 71, finishing Saturday at 5 under, two strokes out of the lead.
“I didn’t feel like it was painful or anything. It just got tight really quickly,” the 2010 British Open champion said, having had a physical therapist give him treatment while walking with him on the course.
The club proved to be a bigger problem. “I had full 8-iron (shots) on 16 and 17 and had to go with 7-irons. Those aren’t holes you want to go with different clubs,” he said. He did make bogey and birdie there, respectively.
Poulter visits National Links
Before Ian Poulter traveled to North Carolina this week, he went to Southampton and played National Golf Links of America for the first time. After he shot par 71 yesterday at Quail Hollow, Poulter said of the classic East End layout, “Good golf course. Very simple. It’s a very straightforward golf course, it hasn’t been tampered with since it was put in there. That’s why it’s a favorite among a lot of players.”
The round was not meant as a tune-up for Quail Hollow, just a day out with friends. He would not tell what he shot (word is, it was in the 60s), but said, “I played well. It was really nice.”
Teixeira congratulates Kuchar
Among the many people who congratulated Matt Kuchar on the way he played at the British Open and the graciousness with which he handled a tough defeat was his old college buddy, former Yankee Mark Teixeira.
“He sent me a nice text and said he’s spending more time in Atlanta. He’s hoping to catch up some time at a Georgia Tech event,” Kuchar said after having shot 1-under-par 70, one of the better rounds of the day.
So, what kind of golfer is the recently retired Gold Glove first baseman who had 409 career home runs? “We haven’t played in a long time. He hit it surprisingly short for a home run hitter. It’s funny it didn’t translate into hitting a golf ball,” he said.