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Louis Oosthuizen

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Weight  170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Role  Golfer
Turned professional  2002
Height  1.78 m
Professional wins  12
Nationality  South African
Name  Louis Oosthuizen

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Full name  Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen
Born  19 October 1982 (age 33) Mossel Bay, South Africa (1982-10-19)
Residence  Mossel Bay, South Africa Manchester, England Jupiter, Florida
Current tour(s)  European Tour Sunshine Tour PGA Tour
Spouse  Nel-Mare Oosthuizen (m. 2007)
Parents  Piet Oosthuizen, Minnie Oosthuizen
Children  Sophia Oosthuizen, Jana Oosthuizen, Emma Oosthuizen
Similar People  Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson

Louis Oosthuizen Winning Highlights | 2018 South African Open

Lodewicus Theodorus "Louis" Oosthuizen (; [ˈlu.i ˈʊəstɦœizən]; born 19 October 1982) is a South African professional golfer who won the 2010 Open Championship. He also holds the distinction of finishing runner-up in all four major championships: the 2012 Masters Tournament losing in a sudden death playoff, the 2015 U.S. Open, the 2015 Open Championship where he was defeated in a four-hole aggregate playoff, and the 2017 PGA Championship. He is the seventh golfer to accomplish this feat, joining Craig Wood, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, and Phil Mickelson. His highest placing on the Official World Golf Ranking is fourth which he achieved in January 2013.


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Early life and career

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

After 2010

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. He won his fifth European Tour title at the Maybank Malaysian Open the following week.

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.

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

Oosthuizen finished as a joint runner-up in the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews after losing in a four-hole aggregate playoff during a Monday finish to the event. He was in the final group tied for the 54-hole co-lead but needed to birdie the 18th hole during his final round to tie the lead at 15-under and join Zach Johnson and Marc Leishman in the playoff. In the four-hole playoff, he birdied the first hole alongside Johnson, but could not convert his birdie putt on the second hole, giving Johnson a one-stroke advantage. All three players bogeyed the third hole and after Johnson missed his birdie putt on the final hole, Oosthuizen had a 15 footer to extend the playoff to sudden death. However his putt caught the lip on the low side and he finished at even-par, one stroke behind Johnson. This was Oosthuizen's second consecutive runner-up placing in a major championship, following the 2015 U.S. Open.

On 13 August 2017, Oosthuizen finished joint runner-up at the PGA Championship, finishing a career "second-place" Grand Slam.

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 Championship, Natal Open Stroke Play Championship (South Africa)
  • European Tour wins (8)

    1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour
    2 Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour
    3 Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australia and the Asian Tour

    European Tour playoff record (1–3)

    PGA Tour wins (1)

    PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

    Sunshine Tour wins (7)

    1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

    Results timeline

    CUT = missed the half-way cut
    WD = withdrew
    "T" = tied


  • Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (2014 Masters – 2016 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2015 U.S. Open – 2015 Open Championship)
  • Results in World Golf Championships

    Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

    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


  • Eisenhower Trophy (representing South Africa): 2002
  • Professional

  • World Cup (representing South Africa): 2011
  • Presidents Cup (representing the International team): 2013, 2015, 2017
  • References

    Louis Oosthuizen Wikipedia

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