Lodewicus Theodorus Louis Oosthuizen (born 19 October 1982) is a South African golfer. He won the Open Championship in 2010. He has finished second in each of golf's four major championships, including the 2012 Masters, the 2015 and 2021 US Opens, the 2015 Open Championship, and the 2017 and 2021 PGA Championship. He is now rated fourth on the Official World Golf Ranking, having reached that position in January 2013.
Louis Oosthuizen Early Life
Louis Oosthuizen was born in the South African town of Mossel Bay. For three years, his early career was financially supported by the foundation of fellow South African golfer Ernie Els. Before going professional in 2002 at the age of 19, he won multiple amateur titles.
Louis Oosthuizen Career
He won five Sunshine Tour tournaments, including the 2004 Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour event at Arabella, the 2007 Dimension Data Pro-Am and Platinum Classic, and the Telkom PGA Championship in 2007 and 2008.
In 2003, he competed on the European Challenge Tour, and since 2004, he has been a member of the European Tour. He finished 31st in the Race to Dubai in 2009. For the first time in his career, he entered the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking on September 10, 2012.
He won his maiden European Tour event, the Open de Andalucia de Golf, in March 2010. He also took first place in the 2010 Masters Par 3 Competition.
Louis Oosthuizen began the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrew's ranked 54th in the Official World Golf Ranking and had only made one cut in his previous eight major tournament appearances. On an opening day, he shot a 65, which put him in second place behind Rory McIlroy's 63.
Following Bobby Locke, Gary Player, and Ernie Els as the fourth South African to win the Claret Jug, Oosthuizen rose to 15th in the Official World Golf Ranking, leapfrogging fellow South African Retief Goosen, who was in 16th place.
After his big victory, Louis Oosthuizen concluded the 2010 season in 10th place on the Race to Dubai, with three more top-10 finishes. In January 2011, he won the Africa Open in a playoff for his third European Tour championship and sixth in his home nation.
Louis Oosthuizen successfully defended his title at the Africa Open in 2012, defeating Tjaart van der Walt by two strokes. His triumph was aided by a second-round 62, which sent Oosthuizen to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway point and kept him there.
He won the Volvo Golf Champions on 13 January 2013, playing a six-under-par 66 in the final round to win by one shot. Louis Oosthuizen won the Volvo Golf Champions title by one stroke against Branden Grace in January 2014.
After losing in a four-hole aggregate playoff during a Monday conclusion to the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrew's, Oosthuizen ended as a joint runner-up. He was tied for the 54-hole co-lead in the final group but needed to birdie the 18th hole in his final round to tie for the lead at 15-under and join Zach Johnson and Marc Leishman in the playoff.
He birdied the first hole in the four-hole playoff alongside Johnson, but he missed his birdie putt on the second hole, giving Johnson a one-stroke lead. Following the 2015 U.S. Open, this was Louis Oosthuizen‘s second consecutive runner-up finish in a major title.
Oosthuizen finished equal runner-up at the PGA Championship on August 13, 2017, completing a career “second-place” Grand Slam.
Louis Oosthuizen won the South African Open on December 9, 2018. The European Tour, Sunshine Tour, and Asian Tour all sanctioned this tournament.
Louis Oosthuizen was a member of the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup, which was held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia in December. The United States squad won 16–14. Oosthuizen halved his Sunday singles match against Matt Kuchar by going 2–1–1 and losing a 3–0 lead.
In May 2021, Louis Oosthuizen tied for second place in the 2021 PGA Tournament, his fifth major championship runner-up performance. Oosthuizen finished second in the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California in June, his sixth major runner-up finish.
In July, Oosthuizen tied for third place with Jon Rahm at the 2021 Open Championship at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, behind winner Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth.
Louis Oosthuizen Pulls Out of the Masters Before the Second Round 2022
Due to injuries, Louis Oosthuizen, the 2012 Masters runner-up, withdrew from the 2022 edition of the tournament.
The South African was slated to head off for the second round at 1:41 p.m., in a group with Tiger Woods and Joaquin Niemann. During round one, Oosthuizen struggled at times, shooting a 76 (+4) that included three bogeys and two double bogeys. He had a 40/1 chance of winning The Masters.
Last November, Oosthuizen had to withdraw from the RSM Classic due to a lower-back ailment. He was out of the tournament for two months.
The South African has a history of injuries, having missed the US Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship in 2013 due to back, hip, and neck issues. Oosthuizen withdrew from the RSM Classic in St. Simons, Georgia, in November because to back difficulties.
Louis Oosthuizen, who hasn't won a major since winning the 2010 British Open, was expected to battle at the top of the leaderboard at this year's Masters. In 2021, he finished second in the PGA Championship and tied for third in the British Open, for a total of six top-three finishes. By the end of the 2021 season, Oosthuizen had gone all the way to No. 9 in the world as a result of his remarkable performances.
Woods and Niemann's group becomes a duo without Oosthuizen. Niemann is three under par heading into Friday's second round, one stroke behind the leader at the time of publication. With a one-under-par total, Woods is tied for 11th position.
Due to injury, Louis Oosthuizen has officially withdrawn from the Masters Tournament prior to the start of his second round. #themasters
— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 8, 2022
Louis Oosthuizen (born 19 October 1982) is a professional golfer from South Africa who won the 2010 Open Championship.
Due to a back ailment, Louis Oosthuizen was forced to withdraw from The Masters before his second-round tee time alongside Tiger Woods and Joaquin Niemann. With a 4-over par 76 on day one at Augusta National, Oosthuizen was well out of contention for his first Green Jacket.
Despite withdrawing from The Masters, Louis Oosthuizen has so far made the longest putt of the week, albeit in the Par-3 Contest. Niemann is 3-under par during the second round, while Woods is 1-under. Oosthuizen is the only second player to withdraw from The Masters this week, joining Paul Casey.