Change is good for Louis

Playing in his first PGA Tour Playoffs, Louis Oosthuizen will have to adapt to many new experiences, not least of which will come this week at TPC Boston, a course he hasn’t played before.

King Louis has been in his most prolific form of the year in the last 6 weeks. He tied 5th at the Barclays last week, and in the weeks prior to this he finished tied 21st at the PGA Championship, 4th the week before at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and he tied 19th at the Open Championship in July.

But what makes him a real enigma is his ability to peak at the right time. Much like he did at Augusta earlier in the year, Oosthuizen built his way to The Playoffs.

His win at the Maybank Malaysian Open came just after his disappointing defeat in The Masters. If history is anything to go by, then that Malaysian win is evidence that he could really go low at the Deutsche Bank Championship this week.

And he’s on a roll – his shared fifth place at The Barclays was his fifth straight top 25 worldwide, and he led the field at Bethpage in greens in regulation. That’s not to say the rest of the season has been a struggle for the 2010 Open Champion, who has had a fantastic season in 2012. He’s recorded seven top 10’s between the PGA and European Tours, including 2 wins (at the Africa Open and Maybank Malaysian Open) and a 2nd place finish at the Masters.

Oosthuizen seems to thrive in big tournaments. Although it’s his first trip to The Playoffs, he already sits at 21st on the FedEx Cup Standings. Added to that is the style of TPC Boston, which offers up many birdies, guaranteeing low scores and at least a few players shooting the lights out. That’s a style the Mossel Bay local likes, especially when he takes out that driver, which he uses with surgical precision.

While his compatriots pepper the field, Oosthuizen will be the man all eyes are on come the Deutsche Bank, which runs from Friday until Monday this week.

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