Louis Oosthuizen admitted it was always going to be tough to stop Bryson DeChambeau after finishing third at the U.S. Open Championship.
The South African started the day four behind Matthew Wolff and two adrift of DeChambeau at Winged Foot Golf Club, and remained in third place with a closing 73.
While that score drew him closer to Wolff, who signed for a 75, DeChambeau was the only player to break par in the final round as a 67 saw him romp to a six shot victory.
“I think probably have to look at the finish more than anything else,” said Oosthuizen. “Finishing third in a Major is always great.
“It was going to be tough. You could see early on what Bryson and Matt were going to do, and Bryson is playing his own little golf course at the moment.
“This golf course definitely showed its teeth today with the firmness of the greens and the fairways and the wind, and it was just tough.
“If you take him (DeChambeau) out, I'm right up there, but you know, if you take him out, then probably a little bit more nerves and stuff coming down the stretch, so there's a lot of things that could go different then.
“You could see early on that I was looking behind me, just the two second shots they hit on the first into that hole location today was unbelievable shots. So early on I could see the type of golf they were going to play, and I needed to step up a little bit.
“Again, hitting fairways out here for me was crucial, and I just didn't do it all the time.”