Compleat Golfer’s playing editor,Louis Oosthuizen is in Akron this week for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as he looks to push on from his promising US Open showing.
‘King Louis’ tied for 23rd at Oakmont Country Club after missing two cuts in a row before that and will hope that it is a sign of the early season form he showed. The world number 14 begun 2016 with a top-10 finish at the Qatar Masters before capturing the ISPS Handa Perth International title and coming runner-up to Jason Day at the WGC-Dell Matchplay.He also shared 14th at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
A tie for 15th at the Masters and a top-30 performance at the Players Championship show that Oosthuizen has performed admirably in high profile tournaments this season.
This week’s $8,5-million tournament certainly falls into the prestigious category and the 2010 Open Champion will be confident that he can perform again, having finished sole fourth in 2013. He’ll be looking to improve on his last two showings in Akron, where he came 61st in 2014 and tied-42nd last year.
The 33-year-old ranks inside the top 20 on the PGA Tour for strokes gained: off the tee and strokes gained: tee to green His weakness has been short game and he ranks outside the top 100 for sand saves, scrambling, and putting.
Oosthuizen has proven (time and again) that he performs best on the biggest stages in golf. This week is another opportunity for the Mossel Bay local to show his class.