We all know that golf is hard, but it rarely seems so for the sweet-swinging South African duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.
Possessors of two of the prettiest swings in the world as well as wins at two of the most prized major championship venues on the planet, the pair portended to be a team to be reckoned with at this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Following a first round of 8-under par 64 in the best ball format, things got off to a nightmare start in the second round.
Sitting four shots back of the first-round leaders, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Gay, Oosthuizen kicked off the second round with a hooked drive on the 10th hole that would eventually be found to be out of bounds.
Schwartzel, not wanting to duplicate his fellow countryman’s folly, blocked his tee shot to the right, also ending up OB.
Golf is hard.
Alternate shot is harder.
Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen made a 9 on their first hole in Round 2. pic.twitter.com/CeFmJAeivy
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 26, 2019
Following a piped third tee shot and fifth stroke on the hole, some salt was poured into the open wound as Schwartzel missed an 8-footer for quadruple bogey.
Just like that, the pair went from contention to outside the cut line.
A pair of bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes led to a front-nine score of 7-over par 43. A 1-under par back nine could only muster a 6-over par score of 78, which dropped them to 2-under par for the tournament and a weekend off.