Louis Oosthuizen looking forward to making his Ballantine's Championship debut

Last Updated: 24/04/13 4:23pm

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Louis Oosthuizen: Confidence intact despite missing cut at Augusta

Louis Oosthuizen: Confidence intact despite missing cut at Augusta

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Louis Oosthuizen has insisted that travelling to South Korea for this week's Ballantine's Championship was an "easy decision".

Alvaro Quiros recently voiced concerns about staging the event in Incheon due to the political and military tension on the Korean peninsula following threats of war from neighbouring North Korea.

The "perceived unrest" led to the withdrawals of Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson on Monday, but former Open champion Oosthuizen is keen to make his debut at Blackstone Golf Club after taking words of advice from fellow South African Ernie Els.

"I've seen a lot of this tournament on television and heard a lot of good things about it from Ernie, so it was an easy decision for me to make," said the world No 7.

"Plus they made it even easier for me to come by putting up a plane all the way from the States over here, so that was really nice of them.

"I'm looking forward to the week and looking forward to seeing what challenges the golf course presents. From the range it looks like some of the holes are quite tight off the tee, so it should be a good test."

Oosthuizen admitted he struggled with his short game at Augusta after he missed the cut a year after being edged out in a Masters play-off by Bubba Watson.

He added: "My short game really let me down at the Masters, my putting wasn't nearly good enough. I had far too many putts and ended up missing the cut by two.

"I hit it okay - not great, but not terrible either - but around Augusta you need to putt really well, and the greens just got the better of me for the two days. But it hasn't knocked my confidence too much and I still feel good about this week."

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