Team South Africa has friendship on their side


Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen have dreamed of representing South Africa together in the World Cup. This week, they fulfill that goal as a formidable duo at Mission Hills.

'I think it makes it a bit more special playing with Charl. The two of us since junior golf wanted to play in this and probably imagined playing it together, because we played in so many amateur and junior team events,' Oosthuizen said Tuesday.

Rising through the ranks together means there is little need for each to feel out how the other plays.

'We play almost every single week. We play a practice round together. So I know how far he hits the ball. I know what he likes, what he doesn't like,' Schwartzel said.

Through the years, the game has allowed them to develop an added advantage: friendship.

'We have actually gradually, as the years have gone on, we have played so much golf together that we have probably become best of friends, even off the golf course,' Schwartzel said.

The duo are looking to become the first South African team to win the World Cup since Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini in 2003. Before that, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen were victorious in 2001. Schwartzel, however, did not pick the brains of his Presidents Cup teammates for advice to win.

He joked, 'I know Ernie and Retief won the World Cup in Japan. I should have actually asked them, thinking about it now, how did they do that?'