Just short at Masters, Oosthuizen plays Malaysia

Louis Oosthuizen, of South Africa, tips his cap after hitting a double eagle two on the par 5 second hole during the fourth round of the Masters.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Four days after losing the Masters in a playoff, Louis Oosthuizen will try again, far from the azaleas of one of the citadels of golf.

“Down the stretch at Augusta I played the best that I could,” he said. “I was just outplayed. Now I am just looking to continue my good form.”

Oosthuizen, who also finished third at the Houston Open this month, begins play Thursday in the Malaysian Open, a tournament co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. He still needs to catch up on sleep after flying to Malaysia following his loss to Bubba Watson on the second playoff hole.

The South African played a practice round Wednesday and says 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 to 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.”

Also in the field from Augusta are 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, 2010 PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer and long-hitting Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

Jet lag will present plenty of problems for many in the field. But there’s also the heat and humidity of Malaysia, meaning players will have to drink lots of liquids. Last year’s champion, Matteo Manassero of Italy, says the tropical conditions are considerable .

“It is tough to keep your concentration levels up over four days,” he said.

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