Drips and Drabson December 3, 2010
Louis Oosthuizen, who fired a 1-under par 71 yesterday, felt decidedly ill today, and at one point there were concerns whether he would be fit enough to play. After the disappointment of Rory McIlroy having to withdraw last year because of contracting a mysterious virus, the last thing the fans want is for the home-grown Open champion to be forced to sit out his biggest moment on the South African golfing stage. Oosthuizen was put on a drip prior to warming up, but although he looked decidedly pale about the gills, he headed off to the practice tee determined to play.
The word on the practice tee was the greens were somewhat slower than last year – and after a light drizzle falling early in the morning, it is likely they will slow up even more. After hearing that some of players had “complained” about the speed of the greens, and that they have preferred them to be a little slicker, Tommy Armour had this to say: “Hey, these young guys are playing for $1.25, and last place is worth $250,000; they’ve got nothing to complain about. The greens too slow? Tell them they’ve got to hit the ball harder.”