Along with fellow youngsters Charl Schwartzel and the fast emerging Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen is one of a quintet of supremely talented South African golfers, that also includes veteran fellow major winners Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.
Following the path set by the legendary Gary Player, Oosthuizen is the top ranked South African player in the world after a hugely successful three year spell which delivered his first Major title and several other notable successes.
In this feature, we’ll take a look at what Louis Oosthuizen has in the bag for 2013, a little about his career and what the future may hold for this world ranked number 5 golfing superstar.
FACTFILE: Louis Oosthuizen
Player Name: Louis Oozthuizen
Place of Birth: Mossel Bay, South Africa
Club Sponsor: Ping
Major Wins (1) : US Masters (0), US Open (0), Open Championship (1) 2010, USPGA Championship (0)
Other Tournament Wins : 11
Current World Ranking: 5th
In The Bag with Louis Oosthuizen 2013
Driver: Ping Anser Driver (pictured below)
Fairway Woods: Ping G5 Fairway Wood
Irons: Ping S56 Irons
Wedges: Ping Tour Gorge Wedge
Putter: Ping Scottsdale ZB S Putter
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Career Highlights: Until 2010, Louis Oosthuizen was an emerging golf talent from South Africa. Along with Charl Schwartzel, he was what many commentators reckoned to be at the head of a new generation of South African golfing talent that would eventually replace veteran figures like Ernie Els and Retief Goosen as potential superstars from that part of the world.
In 2010, Oosthuizen confirmed that he was ready to join the upper eschelons of golf by producing a stunning performance to win the 2010 British Open at St. Andrews. Prior to that point, Oosthuizen had five Sunshine Tour and one European Tour win under his belt and was ranked a modest 54th in the world.
His seven-stroke victory at the British Open is undeniably the highlight of his career, but in 2012 he almost added a second Major to the list of victories when he lost in a play off at The Masters to Bubba Watson.
Yet on that final day Oosthuizen produced what many observers feel is the greatest shot of the modern Masters era, his incredible 260-yard Double Eagle, or Albatross, two at the par five second hole. The first Albatross ever seen on television at the Masters.
Career Lowpoints: It is fair to say that Oosthuizen’s career hasn’t really suffered any lowpoints thus far. He turned professional aged 19 in 2002, but it took him two years to get his first win on the Sunshine Tour, at the 2004 Vodacom Origins of Golf event. He won consistently each year until 2008, but 2009 was a relatively fallow period as he tried to establish himself on the European tour.
This he acheived spectacularly in 2010 winning the Andalucia Masters (his first European Tour win) before going on to take the British Open just a few months later.
It’s fair to say that if these remain the low points in Oosthuizen’s career, then he is certain to win plenty more big events in the future.
What does the future hold for Louis Oosthuizen?
Having moved steadily up the rankings since his huge leap in 2010, which took him inside the top 20 for the first time, Oosthuizen is now ranked fifth in the world and his performance last season at Augusta will have given him a taste for more. Oosthuizen’s brief is relatively simple, keep winning tournaments and keep contending for Majors as he has done over the past few years.
He may need a little more consistency in the top events (he’s missed the cut in six of the last twelve Majors, but also won one and finished second in another), but that apart Oosthuizen just needs to keep playing as he has done and he should continue to challenge the top five players in the world as well as add to his burgeoning trophy cabinet.
(Pictures courtesy of Ping Golf Facebook Page, Louis Oosthuizen Fans Facebook page)