The 2010 Open Champion has five top-10s from his last 11 starts on the PGA Tour and heads to TPC River Highlands with the odds in his favour.
Last week at Chambers Bay Golf Club he carded 66,66,67 over the final three rounds to finish in a share of second place, one stroke shy of forcing a playoff with Jordan Spieth.
“You sort of forget how you play when you get in that situation of having a chance of winning a major,” Oosthuizen said on Monday. “The last time I felt that was in 2012 at Augusta. It was nice being in that spot again. I felt very relaxed. I felt eager to get to the next hole and try and get some birdies going. I wasn’t nervous at all. I’ll take a lot out of this week, especially the last three days the way I played.”
This week he’ll tee up at the Travelers Championship for the first time since 2012, and back then he finished the week in a share of 47th on four-under-par.
The 32-year-old currently ranks 16th in the world and has some very important tournaments coming up. After this week in Connecticut he’ll likely head for the Scottish Open, after which The Open Championship plays out at St. Andrews.
It’s a busy time for King Louis, who’ll want to keep the momentum rolling all the way through to the year’s third major. He’ll need to put in a good showing this week, and few handle crunch time better than he does.