Louis Oosthuizen has his game going in the right direction heading to the last major of the year.
The South African comes to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on a streak of five top-33s, including solo third in his last start at an occasionally breezy U.S. Open. He was slated to play last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship before withdrawing on Monday. I’ve seen no reporting that it’s injury related and more of a personal choice to take another week off.
That’s one less place he has to ship his mattress.
Oosthuizen knows how to play well at big events with tough fields as he was also T-6th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and T-33rd at the PGA Championship. He probably can’t wait to get to Augusta where he was a playoff loss away from a green jacket in 2012.
The 37-year-old is teeing it up at TPC Summerlin for the first time. He’s usually overseas this time of year playing on the European Tour.
Oosty ranked 50th on Tour in strokes gained putting (.258) and has the picture perfect type of swing that can hold up to the wind expected this week.
One of the few empty spaces in Oosthuizen’s career resume is a win in the United States. He doesn’t have a PGA Tour win, either, unless you count his co-sanctioned win at the 2010 Open Championship.
I’m not sure he loses any sleep over this fact with the easy going reputation he has on Tour. With that said, I think the void will be filled at some point before he hangs up the spikes.
Why not this week? Viva Louis.