British Open Winner Oosthuizen Makes South Africa Proud

British Open Winner Oosthuizen Makes South Africa Proud

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Louis Oosthuizen made his country proud with his remarkable seven-stroke victory in the British Open, top South African politicians said Sunday. It was the biggest winning margin in the world’s oldest and most prestigious tournament since 2000 when Tiger Woods won here by eight strokes.

His victory at St. Andrews emphasized South Africa’s credentials as a winning nation in sports, Minister of Sport Makhenkesi Stofile and the African National Congress (ANC) said.

Stofile also said that after they had successfully hosted the recently concluded 2010 FIFA world cup,  Oosthuizen’s win and the recent victory of Caster Semenya at the athletics championships in Finland, show that South Africans are not just champion hosts.

Semenya won her first comeback race last Thursday in Finland and her second consecutive win on Sunday after being cleared by the International Association of Athletics Federation  to return to competition following gender tests. The 800-meter world champion has not raced competitively since winning the world title in Berlin in August of 2009.

“Louis Oosthuizen’s victory shows clearly that South Africa has the capacity to do other things and do them successfully, we are really proud of his performance.” ANC spokesman  Jackson Mthembu said. He also said that besides hosting soccer and cricket international tournaments successfully, Oosthuizen’s triumph also shows that South Africa is an excelling sporting nation.

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