Only nine FedExCup events remain ahead of the season finale. At 144th in the points ranking, Louis Oosthuizen is going to have to produce his best in the next two months, starting at this week’s Greenbrier Classic.
The World number 10 last won FedExCup points with a share of 29th at The Players Championship in early May, and now he must fight his way into the top 125 or miss out.
The man with the purest swing in golf last appeared at the US Open, where he strained a hip flexor and withdrew. Coincidentally, it was also a week after the birth of his third daughter, Emma.
FedExCup pressure mounts for Oosthuizen, who needs a top-10 at the Greenbrier Classic in order to move to 125th in the rankings.
The real points are at the top of the leaderboard, and a win would catapult the 30-year-old up to 38th in the points race.
Also in action this week are Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini, both of whom need some good results in their own right.
Immelman is in specific danger of losing his PGA Tour card for 2014 if he doesn’t capitalise on the qualification spots he receives courtesy of his Masters victory, a benefit that ends next season.
The time has come for Oosthuizen and Immelman to handle the heat.