Major winners target WC glory
Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel will team up for the first time in the professional ranks in this week's World Cup.
Last Updated: 21/11/11 1:49pm
Major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel will team up for the first time in the professional ranks when they represent South Africa in this week's World Cup.
The two friends have not paired up since competing as amateurs in the Eisenhower Trophy almost ten years ago.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open winner, admitted both he and US Masters champion Schwartzel were excited about joining forces in the $7.5m event which starts in China on Thursday.
And he is aiming to replicate the success of legendary compatriots Gary Player and Ernie Els by winning the competition.
Oosthuizen said: "It's been nearly a decade since Charl and I played in team competition and we've been looking forward to this for some time.
"I've always wanted to play in the World Cup. Some of South Africa's greatest players have played in it and won."
But the 29-year-old rejects suggestions the pair will have extra expectations to cope with following their recent individual successes.
He added: "If anything it lifts the pressure off our shoulders. We can go out there and have fun.
"Charl is right up there as far as team formats are concerned, whereas I haven't played since my amateur days. But I feel I will adapt quickly."