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Recalling Louis Oosthuizen's magic at the Old Course

July 13, 2015

Editor's Note: This story originally ran in the July 13, 2015 issue of Golf World.

By dinnertime Monday after the U.S. Open, Louis Oosthuizen was back at his home in Florida, letting friends pose for photos with the silver medal he won for finishing second to Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay.

Oosthuizen normally doesn't celebrate runner-ups, but to have been that close required one of the most dramatic comebacks in U.S. Open history.

Twelve shots off the lead after a first-round 77, and nine over par after his opening two bogeys on Friday, Oosthuizen seemed stuck in the same funk as playing partners Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler. But instead of a missed cut, the 32-year-old South African got blazing hot with rounds of 66-66-67, setting the Open record for the lowest final 54 holes and forcing Spieth to birdie the 72nd hole to beat him.