A win at the Perth International, a runner-up finish at the WGC-Dell Matchplay and R32.6 million in the bank adds up to a pretty good season for Compleat Golfer’s playing editor, Louis Oosthuizen. This week the 33-year-old returns to Royal Troon 12 years after making his major debut at the venue.
Rounds of 74 and 82 saw the then 21-year-old miss the weekend, but it only got better for the South African in years to come. The Mossel Bay-born golfer came out of nowhere to win the 2010 Open Championship by seven shots at St. Andrews.
He’s built a reputation for performing at the majors ever since.
A playoff loss at the 2012 Masters to Bubba Watson, along with runner-ups at the US Open and Open Championship last year prove that Oosthuizen is one of the best when it comes to taking the world stage.
He enjoys links golf and will be eyeing another top finish after credible performances in the year’s first two majors.
Oosthuizen ranks inside the top 50 for stroke average on the PGA Tour and 12th on the European Tour. He ranks 11th in greens in regulation on the European Tour but has only played six events, having last played the Perth International, which he won in February.
His PGA Tour season, bar his runner-up showing, has yielded five top-25 finishes with a top-10 result at the Valspar Championship being the best of the lot.
Oosthuizen, alongside Branden Grace, is expected to lead the charge for South Africans at The Open and try to end his string of near misses at majors.