The conditions weren’t the only thing that Louis Oosthuizen had to contend with at the 2013 British Open. The 2010 champion was to be paired with Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell for the first two days of the Open Championship. Oosthuizen, however, couldn’t get past the eighth hole. The immediate reason for the withdrawal is unclear, but speculation is that a either a neck or hamstring injury forced the South African out of the tournament.
He was unsure as to whether or not he would be able to give it a go this week due to recurring neck and back ailments. Those could very well be the impetus behind his withdrawal, but the exact reason isn’t known at this point. Oosthuizen skipped some of the practice rounds this week, instead choosing to receive treatment on his troublesome neck. At the point he called it quits, Oosthuizen was four over par. He clearly wasn’t in top form this week, but it’s difficult to discern what part the injury played in his performance.
Peter Hanson wasn’t able to complete his first round either, withdrawing after five holes. The reason for Hanson’s early departure has been confirmed as a back injury. He’s been dealing with this particular ailment for quite some time – he missed almost two months earlier in the year and it forced him out of the John Deere Classic.
Being forced to bow out of a major championship before you even have a chance to get going has to be a kick in the gut. These guys spend so much time preparing for every tournament, but especially major championships, that you can’t help but feel for them when they have to withdraw. The smart move for both of these guys would have been to rest and make sure their bodies are fully healed. You have to commend their courage for even trying to give it a go, however.