Louis Oosthuizen is relishing an instant return to action after suffering more major misery in the 149th Open.
Oosthuizen set a championship record with his halfway total of 129 at Royal St. George's and took a one-shot lead into the final round, 11 years to the day since he lifted the Claret Jug at St Andrews.
However, the 38-year-old South African could only card a closing one-over-par 71 to finish in a tie for third with Jon Rahm, having previously finished runner-up in both the US PGA and US Open this season.
Oosthuizen declined to speak to reporters after his final round on Sunday, after which he took the PGA Tour's charter flight to Minnesota to contest this week's 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities.
"You don't want to always talk about (being) close again, finishing second, finishing third, so I wasn't really up for that conversation right there," Oosthuizen said.
"You don't want to always talk about (being) close again, finishing second, finishing third, so I wasn't really up for that conversation right there." – Louis Oosthuizen
"It was obviously very disappointing the way I played the stretch of holes there in the middle of the round. In the end I was just too far behind and needed to force things and just couldn't make up the shots.
"Collin (Morikawa) played the way you should play to win a major, especially on a Sunday. He didn't make many mistakes and when he did make a mistake, he made unbelievable up-and-downs for pars.
"It was just frustrating because I knew my game was definitely there to have a good solid day. Weather was as good as you can get at The Open, so it was just a bit of frustration and disappointment really.
"I'm glad that I entered in this event to sort of get back in there and play and not really sit around at home and thinking about the disappointing Sunday last week. I'm happy to be out here and looking forward to this week."
Despite missing out once again on a second major title, Oosthuizen will look back on his performances in 2021 with pride after being beaten by just four players – Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Morikawa and Jordan Spieth – in the past three majors.
- Phil Casey, PAA