Kaula Lumpur: Four days after losing the Masters in a playoff, Louis Oosthuizen will try to overcome disappointment and fatigue when he tees up on Thursday in the first round of the Malaysian Open.
The South African hasn't slept much after flying to Malaysia following his loss to Bubba Watson on the second playoff hole at Augusta on Sunday. But he is determined to keep playing well in a tournament co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours.
"Down the stretch at Augusta I played the best that I could. I was just outplayed. Now I am just looking to continue my good form," said Oosthuizen, who also finished third at the Houston Open earlier this month.
After playing a practice round on Wednesday, Oosthuizen believes the 7,000-yard, tree-lined course at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club could suit his game. Many of the fairways are as little as 10-15 yards wide, and the 2010 British Open champion is usually accurate off the tee.
"There are a few fairways out there that are narrower than U.S. Open fairways," Oosthuizen said. "But in practice I made a few birdies out there, and hopefully I can build on that. If you are playing well there a lot of birdies to be made, but you have to be careful not to be too aggressive."
Other players in the field who also competed at Augusta include 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, 2010 PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer and the long-hitting Alvaro Quiros of Spain.
Dealing with jet lag will be difficult enough, but the heat and humidity of Malaysia will ensure players drink plenty of liquids. Last year's champion, Matteo Manassero, spoke of the difficulties of dealing with the tropical conditions.
"It is tough to keep your concentration levels up over four days," the Italian said.