Oosthuizen and Goosen among stars in field for 100th South African Open

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Reigning British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen would like to win the South African Open at least once in his career.
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Published: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 | 12:50 a.m.

Reigning British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen will head a strong home contingent at next month's South African Open Championship to be played in Durban.

Retief Goosen, Tim Clark and Charl Schwartzel have also confirmed their participation -- the biggest names to do so thus far -- while defending champion Richard Ramsay of Scotland will also play in the 100th anniversary event.

The complete final line-up for the tournament, being played Dec. 16-19 at the Durban Country Club, is yet to be finalized.

"There is something indescribable about winning your national Open,” said Goosen, the 1995 and 2005 winner. “I was 26 years old when I won my first title and it was one of the proudest moments of my career. Winning two SA Open titles rates right up there with winning two majors.

"The SA Open is steeped in history. Some of the greatest players of this country have won it. It's a great feeling to see your name on that trophy next to players like Bobby Locke and Gary Player."

Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 British Open at St Andrews, said: "It's the one title every South African player wants to win. I would just like to win our country's national Open at least once."

The tournament has been moved to the east coast city of Durban this year after a three-year contract with the Pearl Valley Golf Estate near Cape Town came to an end.