The Washington Times - June 16, 2011, 04:47PM

Get used to the name Louis Oosthuizen. Maybe even learn to spell it, as the South African put together an impressive 2-under 69 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday at Congressional Country Club.

Oosthuizen, the reigning British Open champion, noticed a bit more of a following from fans but isn’t expecting too much.


“I don’t think they’re going to get my surname right,” he said with a smile.

As for something he can control, the 28-year-old is happy with how he tackled the course that invites high scores and forces mistakes.

“I made four bogeys, but on this golf course it’s got a lot of bogeys out there,” he said. “But today there was a lot of birdies, as well. So it’s just a matter of trying to get as many pars on your card, because then you’ve at least got opportunities for birdies.”

He birdied six holes, including the 18th, to go one better than playing partner Graeme McDowell, the defending U.S. Open champ.