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Flashback: Louis Oosthuizen Wins 2010 Open Championship

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Re-live Louis Oosthuizen's memorable Open Championship victory in the video above - and LIKE the South African's official Facebook page HERE!

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Louis Oosthuizen's 2010 Open Championship victory is the stuff of legend. A story fit for a movie.

As the South African walked up the most famous fairway in the world, to claim the most prestigious prize of his career to-date, the then 27-year-old wrote himself into golfing folklore.

In 1981, no more than 300 yards away on the West Sands of St. Andrews Bay, they had filmed the movie 'Chariots of Fire'. Almost 30 years later, on a golf course designed to tease and torture, Oosthuizen made stirring music of his own.

Entering the competition ranked 54th in the world, and having made only one cut in eight major championship appearances, Oosthuizen came out of nowhere to completely blow the rest of the field away.

Oosthuizen shot a 65 on the first day, placing him in second place - two shots behind Rory McIlroy - and followed that up with the lowest round of day two (67), to give himself a lead that he would not relinquish throughout the final two rounds.

That two-day total of 132 tied the record for the lowest 36-hole score in an Open Championship at St Andrews, and after carding 69 on the Saturday, Oosthuizen went into the final day's play at 15-under-par, four shots clear of his nearest rival.

Oosthuizen held his nerve on the Sunday - just like he had the entire tournament - and carded a one-under 71, to finish on 16-under par, seven strokes clear of Lee Westwood in second place.

The majority of golf fans won't have known much about Oosthuizen before that Open Championship, but they all knew they had just witnessed something special. Initially, he was on nobody's radar. Now, he is in everyones heart. 

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