|— Golfer —|
Oosthuizen after winning the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews.
|Full name||Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen|
19 October 1982 |
Mossel Bay, South Africa
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Residence||Mossel Bay, South Africa
|Spouse||Nel-Mare (m. 2007)|
|Children||Jana (b. 2009), Sophia (b. 2012), Emma (b.2013)|
|Current tour(s)||European Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||2nd: 2012|
|U.S. Open||T9: 2011|
|The Open Championship||Won: 2010|
|PGA Championship||T15: 2014|
Lodewicus Theodorus "Louis" Oosthuizen (/ /; Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈlu.i ˈoəst.ɦœjzən]; born 19 October 1982) is a South African professional golfer who won the 2010 Open Championship and was runner-up in the 2012 Masters Tournament. His highest placing on the Official World Golf Ranking is fourth which he achieved in January 2013.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 2010 Open Championship
- 3 After 2010
- 4 Amateur wins (6)
- 5 Professional wins (12)
- 6 Major championships
- 7 Results in World Golf Championship events
- 8 Team appearances
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Early life and career
Oosthuizen was born in Mossel Bay, South Africa. His early career was supported financially for three years by the foundation of fellow South African golfer Ernie Els. He won numerous amateur titles before turning professional in 2002 at the age of 19.
He has won five professional tournaments on the Sunshine Tour: the 2004 Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour event at Arabella, the 2007 Dimension Data Pro-Am and Platinum Classic, and the Telkom PGA Championship twice, in 2007 and 2008. He played on the European Challenge Tour in 2003 and has been a member of the European Tour since 2004. In 2009, he finished 31st on the Race to Dubai. On 10 September 2012 he reached the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.
2010 Open Championship
Oosthuizen entered the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews ranked 54th in the Official World Golf Ranking, and only having made one cut in eight major championship appearances. He shot a 65 on the first day, placing him in second place, behind a 63 shot by Rory McIlroy.
Oosthuizen's 67 on Friday was the low round of the day and gave him a lead that he would not relinquish throughout the final two rounds. His two-day total of 132 tied the record for the lowest 36-hole score in an Open Championship at St Andrews. A 69 on Saturday placed Oosthuizen at 15-under-par, and four shots clear of second-place Paul Casey with one round to play.
On Sunday, Casey closed the gap to three shots on the 8th hole, before Oosthuizen drove the 9th green and made a long putt for eagle. On the 12th hole, Oosthuizen made birdie, while Casey hit his drive into a gorse bush, and wound up making triple bogey to give Oosthuizen an eight-shot lead. In the end, Oosthuizen shot 71 on Sunday, and 16-under-par 272 for the championship, to win by seven strokes. His 272 was the second lowest in St Andrews history. Casey eventually finished third with Lee Westwood taking second.
Oosthuizen became the fourth man from South Africa to win the Claret Jug – following Bobby Locke, Gary Player, and Ernie Els – and moved to 15th in the Official World Golf Ranking, leapfrogging fellow South African Retief Goosen in 16th position.
Oosthuizen claims his exemplary focus during the tournament, which enabled him to win by a wide margin, was due to a red spot marked on his glove. He would look at that spot as the beginning of his pre-shot routine and use it to help him remain focused before and during his swing. Oosthuizen had consulted Karl Morris, a Manchester-based sports psychologist, prior to the event for ways in which he could improve his concentration.
Oosthuizen finished the 2010 season in 10th place on the Race to Dubai, posting three further top-10s after his major win. In January 2011, he claimed his third European Tour title, and his sixth in his home country, winning the Africa Open in a playoff. In 2012, Oosthuizen successfully defended his title at the Africa Open with a two stroke victory over Tjaart van der Walt. His success was helped by a second round 62, which took Oosthuizen to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage and from there he held on for victory.
Oosthuizen was runner-up at the 2012 Masters Tournament. In the final round, he scored an albatross on the second hole of Augusta National Golf Club. This was only the fourth ever albatross in Masters history, and the first to be televised, as well as the first ever on that hole. Oosthuizen took the outright lead of the tournament with this exceptional shot, and maintained the lead until caught on the 16th hole, by Bubba Watson. He was eventually defeated by Watson on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. The following week he won his fifth European Tour title at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
In the second event of the 2012 PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs, the Deutsche Bank Championship, Oosthuizen held the 54-hole lead by three strokes and came close to his first victory on US soil, finishing second to Rory McIlroy by one shot.
On 10 September 2012, he reached the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career. He finished the season ranked third on the Race to Dubai.
Amateur wins (6)
- 2000 World Junior Championship
- 2001 All African Games (Kenya), Transvaal Amateur Stroke Play Championship (South Africa)
- 2002 Indian Amateur Open Championship (tied), Irish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship, Natal Open Stroke Play Championship (South Africa)
Professional wins (12)
European Tour wins (7)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other European Tour (6)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||28 Mar 2010||Open de Andalucia de Golf||67-63-66-67=263||−17||3 strokes||Richard Finch, Peter Whiteford|
|2||18 Jul 2010||The Open Championship||65-67-69-71=272||−16||7 strokes||Lee Westwood|
|3||9 Jan 2011||Africa Open1||70-67-69-70=276||−16||Playoff||Manuel Quirós, Chris Wood|
|4||8 Jan 2012||Africa Open1 (2)||69-62-67-67=265||−27||2 strokes||Tjaart van der Walt|
|5||15 Apr 2012||Maybank Malaysian Open2||66-68-69-68=271||−17||3 strokes||Stephen Gallacher|
|6||13 Jan 2013||Volvo Golf Champions||68-64-74-66=272||−16||1 stroke||Scott Jamieson|
|7||12 Jan 2014||Volvo Golf Champions (2)||68-69-71-68=276||−12||1 stroke||Branden Grace|
PGA Tour wins (1)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (0)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||18 Jul 2010||The Open Championship||65-67-69-71=272||−16||7 strokes||Lee Westwood|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2012||Masters Tournament||Bubba Watson||Lost to par on second extra hole|
Sunshine Tour wins (7)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||19 Sep 2004||Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour at Arabella||−1 (74-70-71=215)||1 stroke||Keith Horne|
|2||28 Jan 2007||Dimension Data Pro-Am||−11 (66-71-71-69=277)||1 stroke||Omar Sandys|
|3||25 Feb 2007||Telkom PGA Championship||−22 (67-65-69-65=266)||1 stroke||Richard Sterne|
|4||27 Oct 2007||Platinum Classic||−11 (64-71-70=205)||Playoff||Marc Cayeux, Adilson da Silva|
|5||24 Feb 2008||Telkom PGA Championship (2)||−28 (66-63-66-65=260)||14 strokes||Hennie Otto|
|6||9 Jan 2011||Africa Open1||−16 (70-67-69-70=276)||Playoff||Manuel Quirós, Chris Wood|
|7||8 Jan 2012||Africa Open1 (2)||−27 (69-62-67-67=265)||2 strokes||Tjaart van der Walt|
1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|2010||The Open Championship||4 shot lead||−16 (65-67-69-71=272)||7 strokes||Lee Westwood|
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||CUT|
|The Open Championship||1||T54||T19||WD||T36|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||1||0||0||1||1||2||8||4|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2014 Masters – 2014 PGA, current)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)
Results in World Golf Championship events
|Accenture Match Play Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||R64||DNP||R64||R32||R32||QF|
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing South Africa): 2002
- World Cup (representing South Africa): 2011
- Presidents Cup (representing the International team): 2013
- CNN (19 July 2010). Psychology of sport: From Farmer's Boy to British Open... CNN. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- He pronounced his name for the American audience in this TV ad; see also the Inogolo page.
- "Official World Golf Ranking for Louis Oosthuizen". Official Golf World Ranking. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- Lynn Zinser, "Oosthuizen Leads Wind-Interrupted Open", New York Times, 16 July 2010.
- "Louis Oosthuizen seals maiden Tour win in Andalucia". BBC Sport. 28 March 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
- "Oosthuizen wins Augusta Par-3 contest". United Press International. 7 April 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- Don, Markus (18 July 2010). "Big names were nonfactors in forgettable British Open". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- Jeff, Shain (18 July 2010). "Any way you say it, Louis Oosthuizen is British Open champion". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- "The 2010 Open Championship – Leaderboard". PGA Tour. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- Associated Press (18 July 2010). "2010 British Open: Louis Oosthuizen wins British Open". ESPN. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- Gene Wojciechowski, "Oosthuizen thinking big with Open lead", ESPN.com, 16 July 2010.
- Evans, Miles (17 July 2010). "Nerveless Oosthuizen closes on maiden major". Reuters. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- Ferguson, Doug (18 July 2010). "Oosthuizen pulls away to dominating Open title". The Associated Press. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- Hiestand, Michael (18 July 2010). "British Open analysts: Final round was boring". USA Today. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- Corrigan, James (19 July 2010). "Oosthuizen writes name in history with nerveless finale". The Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- "Official World Golf Ranking, week 29 2010". Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- Connor, Steve (20 July 2010). Psychology of sport: how a red dot swung it for Open champion. The Independent (UK). Retrieved 20 July 2010.
- "Oosthuizen beats Wood in play-off for Africa Open win". BBC Sport. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
- "Oosthuizen retains Africa Open". European Tour. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- "Louis Oosthuizen wins Volvo Golf Champions with impressive come back in Durban". The Daily Telegraph. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- "Louis Oosthuizen wins Volvo Golf Champions title in Durban". BBC Sport. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- Official website
- Louis Oosthuizen at the European Tour official site
- Louis Oosthuizen at the Sunshine Tour official site
- Louis Oosthuizen at the PGA Tour official site
- Louis Oosthuizen at the Official World Golf Ranking official site
- Listen to Louis Oosthuizen say his name