Louis Oosthuizen - September 19, 2012


Louis Oosthuizen has not won on the 2012 PGA TOUR although he has won the Africa Open and the Maybank Malaysian Open on the European Tour. He finished runner-up in The Masters and the Deutsche Bank Championship and is 6th on the FedExCup Points List entering his first appearance in the Tour Championship.

When asked if he has looked at the ways he can win the FedExCup, he said that he has not looked at them although he has seen articles where they say that he can win. He is actually surprised that he can still win the FedExCup but he is very happy to have the opportunity to win. He did not have a great year in 2011 but he feels that he has played very well this year. His form is good and he has nine tournaments to play in after the TOUR Championship this week.

He has been bothered by pain in a pectoral muscle especially when he was in contention to win the Deutsche Bank Championship. It was particularly bothersome with his driver but fortunately the pain is gone and he practiced yesterday without any pain with any club in his bag.

At the Scottish Open this year, he switched to the PING Anser driver and since he put it in his bag, he finds that he is able to shape the ball both ways and it has given him a lot of confidence off the tee which is a big reason why he is driving the ball so well.

He is playing about 32 events this year as he tries to support golf in South Africa as well as golf on the European Tour and the PGA TOUR. He would like to play more on the PGA TOUR but he will have to re-evaluate his schedule for 2013 and beyond with the changes to the PGA TOUR schedule that will take place starting next year.

Ever since he won the 2010 Open Championship, there have been many disputes about the pronunciation of his name. When asked what the pronunciation is, he said that it was “Ust-hazen” and added that the “w” is silent.

He played in a couple of Fall Series events in 2011 but he will not be playing in those events this year because he has too many commitments in Europe and in Asia as he tries to meet event requirements for his European Tour membership. He enjoyed playing in those events but unfortunately it would be too difficult to return to the U.S. to play this year.