So far the 2010 Open Champion’s PGA Tour season includes four top-10s and two missed cuts. Sole sixth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship has been his best result, but ‘King Louis’ is yet to contend for a 2015 title.
The Mossel Bay local has struggled with back issues through the last couple of years, but cortisone injections have helped him on his journey back to his prime.
“I had a great 2012 season and I wanted to build on from that. I got stopped in my tracks for two years, but I feel very confident this year. I’m playing well and I’m getting better on the greens. I still have a lot of work to do, but I feel like the game is there and I need to win a big one,” he said.
Five tournaments stand between the 33-year-old and the second major of the year, which he’ll surely be eyeing. Compatriots Ernie Els and Retief Goosen have each won it twice, courtesy of superb putting at a major renowned for having the toughest greens, regardless of venue.
The 2015 US Open will for the first time head to Chambers Bay Golf Club. From the 18th of June the 7,079 metre course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, will be the testing ground for the world’s best. In July 2014 it was announced that weekend tickets for the 2015 US Open were sold out, so the stage is set for Oosthuizen.
The 12-time tournament winner has a long way to go before then, but the path he takes will reveal a lot about his chances.
“I’m playing better every week and I feel a lot more comfortable. What we’ve been working on the last six, seven months on getting fit and healthy and we’re definitely making good progress. It’s all positive and hopefully I can get the game where I want it really soon,” he concluded.