Louis Oosthuizen

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Louis Oosthuizen
— Golfer —
Louis Oosthuizen victory.jpg
Oosthuizen after winning the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews.
Personal information
Full name Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen
Born (1982-10-19) 19 October 1982 (age 32)
Mossel Bay, South Africa
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Mossel Bay, South Africa
Manchester, England[1]
Jupiter, Florida
Spouse Nel-Mare (m. 2007)
Children Jana (b. 2009), Sophia (b. 2012), Emma (b.2013)
Turned professional 2002
Current tour(s) European Tour
Sunshine Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
European Tour 7
Asian Tour 1
Sunshine Tour 7
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament 2nd: 2012
U.S. Open T2: 2015
The Open Championship Won: 2010
PGA Championship T15: 2014

Lodewicus Theodorus "Louis" Oosthuizen (/ˈl ˈwʊst.hzən/; Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈlu.i ˈoəst.ɦœjzən];[2] 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 and the 2015 U.S. Open. His highest placing on the Official World Golf Ranking is fourth which he achieved in January 2013.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

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.[4] He won numerous amateur titles before turning professional in 2002 at the age of 19.

Oosthuizen at the 2008 Telkom PGA Championship

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.

In March 2010, he won his first European Tour event at the Open de Andalucia de Golf.[5] He also won the 2010 Masters Par 3 Contest.[6]

2010 Open Championship[edit]

Oosthuizen entered the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews ranked 54th in the Official World Golf Ranking,[7] and only having made one cut in eight major championship appearances.[8] He shot a 65 on the first day, placing him in second place, behind a 63 shot by Rory McIlroy.[9]

Oosthuizen's 67 on Friday was the low round of the day[9] and gave him a lead that he would not relinquish throughout the final two rounds.[10] His two-day total of 132 tied the record for the lowest 36-hole score in an Open Championship at St Andrews.[11] A 69 on Saturday placed Oosthuizen at 15-under-par, and four shots clear of second-place Paul Casey with one round to play.[12]

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.[13] 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.[13][14] 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,[15][16] 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.[17]

After 2010[edit]

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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20] 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.

On 13 January 2013, he won the Volvo Golf Champions, shooting a six-under-par 66 final round to win the title by one stroke.[21]

In January 2014, he retained the Volvo Golf Champions title by one shot over Branden Grace.[22]

Amateur wins (6)[edit]

  • 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)[edit]

Oosthuizen at the 2007 Valle Romano Open at the Aloha Golf Club, Marbella, Spain

European Tour wins (7)[edit]

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 England Richard Finch, Scotland Peter Whiteford
2 18 Jul 2010 The Open Championship 65-67-69-71=272 −16 7 strokes England Lee Westwood
3 9 Jan 2011 Africa Open1 70-67-69-70=276 −16 Playoff Spain Manuel Quirós, England Chris Wood
4 8 Jan 2012 Africa Open1 (2) 69-62-67-67=265 −27 2 strokes South Africa Tjaart van der Walt
5 15 Apr 2012 Maybank Malaysian Open2 66-68-69-68=271 −17 3 strokes Scotland Stephen Gallacher
6 13 Jan 2013 Volvo Golf Champions 68-64-74-66=272 −16 1 stroke Scotland Scott Jamieson
7 12 Jan 2014 Volvo Golf Champions (2) 68-69-71-68=276 −12 1 stroke South Africa Branden Grace

1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour
2 Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

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 England Lee Westwood

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2012 Masters Tournament United States Bubba Watson Lost to par on second extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (7)[edit]

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 South Africa Keith Horne
2 28 Jan 2007 Dimension Data Pro-Am −11 (66-71-71-69=277) 1 stroke South Africa Omar Sandys
3 25 Feb 2007 Telkom PGA Championship −22 (67-65-69-65=266) 1 stroke South Africa Richard Sterne
4 27 Oct 2007 Platinum Classic −11 (64-71-70=205) Playoff Zimbabwe Marc Cayeux, Brazil Adilson da Silva
5 24 Feb 2008 Telkom PGA Championship (2) −28 (66-63-66-65=260) 14 strokes South Africa Hennie Otto
6 9 Jan 2011 Africa Open1 −16 (70-67-69-70=276) Playoff Spain Manuel Quirós, England Chris Wood
7 8 Jan 2012 Africa Open1 (2) −27 (69-62-67-67=265) 2 strokes South Africa Tjaart van der Walt

1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2010 The Open Championship 4 shot lead −16 (65-67-69-71=272) 7 strokes England Lee Westwood

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP 73 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament CUT CUT 2 CUT 25 T19
U.S. Open CUT T9 CUT WD T40 T2
The Open Championship 1 T54 T19 WD T36
PGA Championship CUT CUT T21 DNP T15

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 1 1 3 7 3
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 2 2 6 3
The Open Championship 1 0 0 1 1 2 8 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 3
Totals 1 2 0 3 4 9 26 12
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2014 Masters – 2015 U.S. Open, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times, current)

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Cadillac Championship T32 T50 T68 T20 DNP T18 T60 T33 T40 6
Cadillac Match Play Championship DNP DNP DNP R64 DNP R64 R32 R32 QF QF
Bridgestone Invitational DNP DNP DNP DNP T9 T37 4 DNP 61
HSBC Champions DNP T72 T7 T6 T15 T14

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.

Team appearances[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ CNN (19 July 2010). Psychology of sport: From Farmer's Boy to British Open... CNN. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  2. ^ He pronounced his name for the American audience in this TV ad; see also the Inogolo page.
  3. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking for Louis Oosthuizen". Official Golf World Ranking. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Lynn Zinser, "Oosthuizen Leads Wind-Interrupted Open", New York Times, 16 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Louis Oosthuizen seals maiden Tour win in Andalucia". BBC Sport. 28 March 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Oosthuizen wins Augusta Par-3 contest". United Press International. 7 April 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Don, Markus (18 July 2010). "Big names were nonfactors in forgettable British Open". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Jeff, Shain (18 July 2010). "Any way you say it, Louis Oosthuizen is British Open champion". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "The 2010 Open Championship – Leaderboard". PGA Tour. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Associated Press (18 July 2010). "2010 British Open: Louis Oosthuizen wins British Open". ESPN. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Gene Wojciechowski, "Oosthuizen thinking big with Open lead", ESPN.com, 16 July 2010.
  12. ^ Evans, Miles (17 July 2010). "Nerveless Oosthuizen closes on maiden major". Reuters. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Ferguson, Doug (18 July 2010). "Oosthuizen pulls away to dominating Open title". The Associated Press. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Hiestand, Michael (18 July 2010). "British Open analysts: Final round was boring". USA Today. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  15. ^ Corrigan, James (19 July 2010). "Oosthuizen writes name in history with nerveless finale". The Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking, week 29 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  17. ^ Connor, Steve (20 July 2010). Psychology of sport: how a red dot swung it for Open champion. The Independent (UK). Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  18. ^ "Oosthuizen beats Wood in play-off for Africa Open win". BBC Sport. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "Oosthuizen retains Africa Open". European Tour. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ "Louis Oosthuizen wins Volvo Golf Champions with impressive come back in Durban". The Daily Telegraph. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Louis Oosthuizen wins Volvo Golf Champions title in Durban". BBC Sport. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 

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