Peter Oosterhuis

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Peter Oosterhuis
Personal information
Full name Peter Arthur Oosterhuis
Born (1948-05-03) 3 May 1948 (age 70)
Lambeth, London, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
Nationality  England
Residence Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Spouse Valerie, Ruth Ann
Children Rob, Rich
Career
Turned professional 1968
Former tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 27
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
European Tour 7
Other 19
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T3: 1973
U.S. Open T7: 1975
The Open Championship 2nd/T2: 1974, 1982
PGA Championship T22: 1982
Achievements and awards
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
1969

Peter Arthur Oosterhuis (born 3 May 1948) is an English professional golfer and golf analyst. Oosterhuis played on the European circuit from 1969 to 1974, winning 10 tournaments and taking the Harry Vardon Trophy for heading the Order of Merit for four consecutive seasons from 1971 to 1974. From 1975 he played on the PGA Tour, winning the Canadian Open in 1981. He was twice runner-up in the Open Championship, in 1974 and 1982. Later he became a golf analyst on TV, initially in Europe and then in the United States. In 2015, Oosterhuis announced that he had Alzheimer's disease.

Early years, amateur golf[edit]

Oosterhuis was born in London and educated at Dulwich College. He won the 1966 Berkshire Trophy by a stroke from Michael Bonallack, after a final round 67 which included nine 3s in 11 holes, with seven 3s in succession.[1] He represented Great Britain in the 1967 Walker Cup and in the 1968 Eisenhower Trophy. He turned professional in November 1968.[2]

European Tour[edit]

Oosterhuis played on the European circuit in the early years of his professional career, from 1969 to 1974, winning the Harry Vardon Trophy (the Order of Merit title) four consecutive times from 1971 to 1974.

In 1969, his rookie season, he started the season by winning the Sunningdale Foursomes, playing with the amateur Peter Benka, and finished runner-up in the Gor-Ray Under-24 Championship. He was awarded the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. In 1970 Oosterhuis won two age-restricted events, Lord Derby’s Under-23 Professional Tournament and the Coca-Cola Young Professionals' Championship. Later in the season he finished tied for sixth in the Open Championship and third in the Dunlop Masters.[3] Oosterhuis had won the General Motors Open in South Africa in February, an event which served as the South African qualifier for the Alcan Golfer of the Year Championship. He finished tied for third place with Neil Coles and Lee Trevino, winning £2,487.[4]

Oosterhuis won his first major British event, the Agfa-Gevaert Tournament, in May 1971 and followed this up by winning the Sunbeam Electric Tournament and the Piccadilly Medal later in the season.These, together a number of other high finishes, including being runner-up in the Carroll's International and the Dunlop Masters, gave Oosterhuis the Order of Merit title with 1292.5 points, beating Neil Coles who finished just 7 points behind.[5] 1972 was the first year of the European tour. Oosterhuis won the Penfold-Bournemouth Tournament and the Coca-Cola Young Professionals' Championship, a non-tour event. He was runner-up in the Dutch Open, the Viyella PGA Championship and the John Player Classic. He won the Order of Merit title with 1751 points, ahead of Guy Hunt on 1710, although his performances in the big money events put him well ahead as the leading money winner with £18,525.[6]

Oosterhuis won three European tour events in 1973, the Piccadilly Medal, French Open and Viyella PGA Championship. He was also runner-up in the Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open and Dutch Open. He won the Order of Merit again, with 3440 points, 460 points ahead of Maurice Bembridge.[7] He won £17,455 in official tour events, second behind Tony Jacklin. Oosterhuis won three more European tour events in 1974, the French Open and the last two tournaments of the season, the Italian Open and El Paraiso Open. In addition he was runner-up in five other events, including the Open Championship, and was third in three more, finishing outside the top three only twice during the European Tour season. He won the order of merit for the fourth time, nearly 600 points ahead of second-place Dale Hayes.[8]

Although he played on the PGA Tour from 1975, Oosterhuis made regular visits to play in the Open Championship and occasionally other European Tour events. He was runner-up in the 1977 Penfold PGA Championship, the 1981 Bob Hope British Classic and the 1982 Open Championship.

South African Tour[edit]

After turning professional Oosterhuis played in his first professional tournament in South Africa in January 1969.[2] He played regularly in South Africa from the 1968/69 season until the 1973/74 season.

PGA Tour[edit]

Oosterhuis made his debut on the PGA Tour at the 1971 Greater Greensboro Open, the week before competing in his first Masters.[9] In 1973 Oosterhuis led The Masters after three rounds before finishing third. In the 1974 Monsanto Open, Oosterhuis lost in a playoff to Lee Elder.[10]

In November 1974 Oosterhuis finished fourth in the 144-hole PGA Tour Qualifying school, earning his card for the 1975 season.[11] He made his debut as a tour player in the opening event of the season, the Phoenix Open.[12] Oosterhuis played full-time on the PGA Tour from 1975 until 1986, winning the Canadian Open in 1981. Oosterhuis was twice a runner-up, in the 1975 First NBC New Orleans Open and the 1977 Canadian Open.

Ryder Cup[edit]

Oosterhuis played on six consecutive Ryder Cup teams for Great Britain and Ireland and later Europe from 1971 to 1981. Representing Great Britain and Ireland from 1971 to 1977 he had an impressive record, especially in singles matches. In 1971 he beat Gene Littler and Arnold Palmer, in 1973 he halved with Lee Trevino and beat Palmer again, in 1975 he beat Johnny Miller and J. C. Snead while in 1977 he beat Jerry McGee. At that time he had a singles record of 6 wins, a half and no losses. Although he lost his singles matches, playing for Europe, in his final two Ryder Cup matches, he finished with a 6–2–1 record in singles and with 6½ points is only ½ point behind the overall Ryder Cup singles record of 7 points held by 5 players including Arnold Palmer. Palmer had only three losses in 11 singles matches, two of them by Oosterhuis, the other being by Peter Alliss in 1963. In all matches Oosterhuis had a winning 14–11–3 record in the Ryder Cup, despite being on the losing side on all six occasions.

Club professional[edit]

From 1987 to 1993, he was Director of Golf at Forsgate Country Club in Jamesburg, New Jersey, and at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

Broadcasting career[edit]

In 1994, Oosterhuis was hired to cover the PGA Tour by Britain's Sky Sports and covered the Open Championship for the BBC in 1996 and 1997. From 1995 to 1997, he was the lead analyst for the Golf Channel's coverage of the European Tour.

In 1997, Oosterhuis joined of the CBS Sports announce team part time, working five events including the Masters and the PGA Championship. In 1998, he joined the CBS golf team full-time. Oosterhuis has also worked on early-round coverage when CBS was covering the weekend, fulfilling this role for ESPN (2003–2006), Golf Channel (1998–2002, 2007–2014), and USA Network (1997–2007). In 2010, Oosterhuis began to work for CBS part-time, again calling around five events per year including the Masters and PGA Championship. Oosterhuis retired from broadcasting following the 2014 PGA Championship due to health concerns stemming from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Oosterhuis called the action at Augusta National's 17th hole for 18 consecutive years from 1997 through 2014.

Personal[edit]

Oosterhuis lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States with his second wife, Ruth Ann. He is a member of the Quail Hollow Golf Club in that city. His son Rob is also a professional golfer.

In May 2015, Oosterhuis announced that he was battling early-onset Alzheimer's disease.[13]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1966 Berkshire Trophy

Professional wins (26)[edit]

European Circuit wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 22 May 1971 Agfa-Gevaert Tournament 68-67-69-72=276 2 strokes Scotland Brian Barnes, Scotland David Huish
2 29 Jun 1971 Sunbeam Electric Tournament 67-65=132 4 strokes Australia Peter Thomson
3 14 Aug 1971 Piccadilly Medal Walk-over Scotland Eric Brown

European Tour wins (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 13 May 1972 Penfold-Bournemouth Tournament +1 (72-70-72-71=285) Playoff Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr
2 28 Apr 1973 Piccadilly Medal −6 (67) 6 strokes South Africa Terry Westbrook
3 3 Jun 1973 French Open −4 (75-69-68-68=280) 1 stroke England Tony Jacklin
4 25 Aug 1973 Viyella PGA Championship −4 (69-69-70-72=280) 3 strokes South Africa Dale Hayes, Belgium Donald Swaelens
5 5 May 1974 French Open +4 (71-72-68-73=284) 2 strokes England Peter Townsend
6 20 Oct 1974 Italian Open −2 (37-72-70-70=249) 2 strokes South Africa Dale Hayes
7 26 Oct 1974 El Paraiso Open −4 (69-69-74=212) Playoff Spain Manuel Ballesteros

European Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1972 Penfold-Bournemouth Tournament Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1974 German Open New Zealand Simon Owen Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 1974 El Paraiso Open Spain Manuel Ballesteros Won with birdie on first extra hole

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 2 Aug 1981 Canadian Open −4 (69-69-72-70=280) 1 stroke United States Bruce Lietzke, United States Jack Nicklaus,
United States Andy North

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1974 Monsanto Open United States Lee Elder Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole

South African Tour wins (6)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up Ref
1 14 Feb 1970 General Motors Open 70-65-75-75=285 2 strokes South Africa Gary Player [14]
2 20 Feb 1971 Transvaal Open 70-70-67-72=279 6 strokes South Africa Graham Henning [15]
3 6 Mar 1971 Schoeman Park Open 67-67-65-68=267 3 strokes South Africa John Bland [16]
4 19 Dec 1971 Rhodesian Dunlop Masters 68-67-69-68=272 3 strokes South Africa Tienie Britz [17]
5 5 Mar 1972 Glen Anil Classic 68-66-67-72=273 Playoff South Africa Hugh Baiocchi [18]
6 27 Jan 1973 Rothmans International Matchplay 6 & 5 South Africa Gary Player [19]

Other wins (10)[edit]

This list may be incomplete.

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1968 1969
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT T38 T3 T31 CUT T23 T46 T14 T34
U.S. Open T7 T55 T10 T27
The Open Championship T6 T18 T28 T18 2 T7 T42 6 T41
PGA Championship T40 T38 T26
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
Masters Tournament T24 T20 CUT
U.S. Open T30 T50 T25 56 69
The Open Championship T23 CUT T2 CUT
PGA Championship CUT CUT T22 T47 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1981 Open Championship)
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 1 1 1 5 12 9
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 2 3 9 9
The Open Championship 0 2 0 2 5 8 15 11
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 5
Totals 0 2 1 3 8 17 44 34
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (1975 U.S. Open – 1980 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1975 U.S. Open – 1975 Open Championship)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Berkshire Trophy for Oosterhuis". The Glasgow Herald. 30 May 1966. p. 4. 
  2. ^ a b "Oosterhuis will play on South African professional circuit". The Glasgow Herald. 26 November 1968. p. 6. 
  3. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (14 September 1970). "Huggett "scrambles" to record 65 and Masters title". Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  4. ^ "Devlin ways away unchallenged with £23,060 first prize". The Glasgow Herald. 21 September 1970. p. 5. 
  5. ^ "Player tops British earnings list". The Glasgow Herald. 6 November 1971. p. 4. 
  6. ^ "A man of supreme merit". The Times. 11 November 1972. p. 6. 
  7. ^ "Oosterhuis tops order". The Glasgow Herald. 13 October 1973. p. 2. 
  8. ^ "Oosterhuis at the start of the trial that leads to dollar wealth". The Times. 23 November 1974. p. 18. 
  9. ^ "Problem for Oosterhuis". The Times. 11 April 1971. p. 9. 
  10. ^ Elder finally wins tourney
  11. ^ "Oosterhuis is set for U.S. circuit". The Glasgow Herald. 25 November 1974. p. 5. 
  12. ^ "Miller - now a 61". The Glasgow Herald. 11 January 1975. p. 8. 
  13. ^ Menta, Nick (29 June 2015). "Oosterhuis announces he has Alzheimer's disease". Golf Channel. 
  14. ^ "Oosterhuis holds off challengers". The Glasgow Herald. 16 February 1970. p. 4. 
  15. ^ "Johannesburg, Feb 21". The Times. 22 February 1971. p. 7. 
  16. ^ "Oosterhuis wins Schoeman Open". The Glasgow Herald. 8 March 1971. p. 5. 
  17. ^ "Oosterhuis wins by three strokes". The Glasgow Herald. 20 December 1971. p. 5. 
  18. ^ "Oosterhuis wins play-off". The Glasgow Herald. 6 March 1972. p. 4. 
  19. ^ "Oosterhuis for America after beating Player". The Times. 29 January 1973. p. 11. 
  20. ^ "Oosterhuis wins". The Glasgow Herald. 5 February 1973. p. 4. 
  21. ^ "Raleigh win for Oosterhuis". The Glasgow Herald. 22 January 1974. p. 4. 

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