After winning the British Open, Louis Oosthuizen came second on Monday only to political icon Nelson Mandela on the front pages of South African newspapers.
Beeld, Business Day and The Citizen used the golfer celebrating his shock victory as the main picture while The Star also carried a photograph of the fourth South African to lift the Claret Jug.
Mandela, who in 1994 became the first democratically elected president of the country, turned 92 on Sunday and tributes to him dominated all forms of domestic media. But the back page of the dailies belonged to Oosthuizen, a 200-1 outsider when the ‘Major’ began.
‘King Louis VII’ said the headline across the main sport page of The Star with the seven referring to the winning margin over second Lee Westwood.
Senior golf writer Grant Winter took a journey down memory lane to 2002 when then teenager Oosthuizen turned professional.
“Watching Louis, who hits the ball so far and so straight off such a good golf swing, you just knew it was only a matter of time before he would crack it big in the game — and now it has happened.
“His performance in the British Open was simply amazing. I think hundreds of thousands of golf fans back home felt more nervous than him as they tuned into the final round on television,” wrote Winter.
“Louis you beauty!” was the main headline in The Times, “Stunning Open victory for SA outsider” said Business Day, and “All hail King Louis” was The Citizen offering.
“Boerseun buit Claret Jug” (Afrikaans boy captures Claret Jug) was the headline across the top of the Beeld back page.