Oosthuizen ready to tackle windy conditions

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Defending Open champion Louis Oosthuizen is confident in his ability to tackle Royal St George's this week, especially if the wind blows as it did last year at St Andrews.

The South African produced an impeccable display in the wind and rain-swept Home of Golf 12 months ago, and he believes his shot-making ability will stand him in good stead this week.

"I've played here two or two and a half months ago, just had a nice round, and it was blowing at probably 50-60kmh, which was not easy going around here. So I expect wind," he said.

"But I think you want to play golf in a nice wind, not 60kmh, but just a nice breeze. Yeah, I don't mind it. I feel I can play a lot more shot making around the golf course and it's nice to be able to play four or five different types of shot. You know, it's a fun week for me. I enjoy that type of golf."

When TG asked him if he had considered changing any equipment for this week's tournament, Oostuizen confirmed he had made one slight alteration.

"I won't have my 5-wood in the bag. I'm expecting the wind to blow, so I've got a little hybrid in and then the rest is pretty much the same," added the PING staffer.

Oosthuizen begins his title defence at 14.21 on Thursday, alongside Germany's Martin Kaymer and American Phil Mickelson.