After playoff heartbreak at the US Masters, Louis Oosthuizen spent every minute of his near 30-hour journey to Malaysia thinking about what more he could have done at Augusta.
The 2010 British Open champion lost on the second extra hole to American Bubba Watson at the Masters late on Sunday before making the lengthy journey across continents to compete in the European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned Malaysian Open.
With his compatriot, friend and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel alongside him, the weary South African said on Wednesday that the long journey had given him time to reflect on his green jacket near miss.
“Every second on the flight I was thinking about what I would have done different,” the 29-year-old said at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
“But I think there probably isn’t much I would have done different. I felt like I gave it my all, didn’t throw anything away, played the best I probably could have coming down the stretch in a major and I was outplayed.”
Schwartzel said he had been a nervous watcher of the final-round action and was full of praise for his friend, though he thought it best to keep Masters talk to a minimum on the flight.
“We have known each other for a long time and you know what a player feels like, so sometimes you just don’t have to say anything, you know what he is going through,” an exhausted-looking Schwartzel said.
The South African duo left Augusta on Monday morning and touched down in Kuala Lumpur late on Tuesday night.
They competed in the pro-am on Wednesday and have been given an 8 a.m. tee-off time in Thursday’s first round, where they will play alongside Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.
Asked if he was disappointed that organizers could not afford him a chance to rest on Thursday morning, the optimistic Oosthuizen was looking at the positives.
“I was thinking I would have a nice sleep after,” he said, flashing a grin.
“Sometimes it is also good to just get a tournament under way. It will be a good round to see how the concentration will be.”