SA players in the Open: Louis Oosthuizen

Before turning pro at the age of 19, Louis Oosthuizen developed as a golfer through the Ernie Els Fancourt Foundation, and was hailed as a man to watch in the future.

Those predictions were accurate – Oosthuizen totaled 272 at St Andrews at the 2010 Open Championship, winning the Claret Jug by an incredible seven-stroke margin.

This year he has continued to shine, beginning the season with a successful title defence at the Africa Open in January.

The Masters this year would once again provide a platform for Oosthuizen to display his golfing talent. He came second in a playoff to Bubba Watson after the pair were all-square at the close of regulation play. Watson went on to win, but Oosthuizen was by no means far behind, and won the the Malaysian Open a week later.

  • Open Championship record: 2004 MC, 2006 MC, 2009 MC, 2010 1st, 2011 T54th
  • Major record: 2012 Masters 2nd, US Open 2011 T9th
  • Sunshine Tour record: 7 wins
  • European Tour record: 5 wins

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