Louis Oosthuizen has two weeks to move into the top 125 of the FedExCup standings from his current position of 128th in order to make it to the playoffs. This week at the PGA Championship there is plenty on the line for the 2010 Open Champion.
The season has been tough for Oosthuizen, who received cortisone injections earlier this year to help with a recurring injury in his lower back. In spite of his health troubles the 31-year-old has recorded four top-25s on the PGA Tour this season and needs 11 points to match 125th-placed Sang-Moon Bae.
The year’s fourth and final major heads to Valhalla Golf Club for the third time and was last played there in 2000. Oosthuizen did not play that year at the Jack Nicklaus-designed masterpiece, and he’ll relish his chance to compete there this week.
The seven-time Sunshine Tour winner tees off in match 23 on Thursday and will play the first two rounds with Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose, the latter of whom has come into fine form and ranks fifth in the world.
“I'm playing good going into this week,” said Rose. “Looking forward to again figuring out the course, because I think they've changed the greens extensively since we last played there.”
Oosthuizen ranks 56th in the world and could make a solid move in the ranking at glory’s last shot. He began the year ranked 34th and climbed with his victory at the Volvo Golf Champions, while at the same time proving that he is one of golf’s best players.
But the famous Oosthuizen swing has been hampered this season and he’s only managed 14 starts on the PGA Tour, which explains his position of 128th in the FedExCup race. The stakes are high this week and Mossel Bay’s most talented golfer must rise to the occasion, as he has done in the past.