Louis Oosthuizen
36-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Since winning the Open Championship in 2010, Oosthuizen's numbers have been all over the place. He hit a major rut in the years that immediately followed his big win, but he seemed to find some traction over the past few seasons. After a three-year stretch where Oosthuizen earned at least $2.4 million each season, he took a bit of a step back last season. Oosthuizen's major problem last season was that he didn't get much done at the majors. He made the cut in all three majors he played, but he failed to post a top-10 at any of them. With his limited schedule, Oosthuizen's value is going to come down to how he fares at the majors. Considering it's getting more difficult every season to compete with these uber talented fields, Oosthuizen's value seems to be fading. As such, he doesn't hold a lot of value as a salary cap selection this season. He still holds plenty of value in other formats however. Read Past Outlooks
Second MC in last three starts
March 11, 2019
Oosthuizen missed the cut by three strokes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational after rounds of 76-72.
Oosthuizen was going to need a round in the 60's in round two just two make the cut after a one birdie, five bogey performance in round one. The South African found just 57 percent of the fairways and 55 percent of the GIR's in his two rounds at Bay Hill. Oosthuizen has now missed the cut in two of his last three starts after dealing with a minor neck injury. In his four starts prior to that, however, Oosthuizen recorded finishes of 3rd-1st-T7-4th. He missed the cut last year at THE PLAYERS Championship, but was T2 in 2017.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Oosthuizen failed to capture a win last season, but he did about everything else expected. Oosthuizen finished runner-up at both the Players and the PGA Championship, which is why he nearly made the Tour Championship. Oosthuizen was the first man out for the Tour Championship, but his prospects look pretty good for the upcoming season. Look for Oosthuizen to find a win at some point, and show a slight increase in earnings.
Oosthuizen's career trajectory is much like that of Graeme McDowell. Both guys won a major in 2010, both have had major ups and downs since then and neither has quite lived-up to expectations. In Oosthizuen's case, the most surprising fact is that he has just one win on the PGA Tour and that was his Open Championship victory in 2010. Since then, he's had plenty of success, but he hasn't had that breakthrough year. He was solid last season, but not great. Unfortunately, he was just good enough to push his earnings number to a point where it doesn't make much sense to select him in a salary cap format. In draft leagues he holds more value as he'll play in all the big events this season. As such, he's a third- or fourth-round selection in drafts.
Oosthuizen's path has been very similar to Graeme McDowell's over the years. Both players were solid, but not great prior to winning their respective majors and both have failed to take their games up a notch since winning those majors. Oosthuizen still has plenty of upside, but he's had plenty of time to show his major winning form and he just can't get it back. He's worth a look in salary cap leagues, but don't feel bad if you can't find room for him. In draft leagues he should go in the 9th or 10th round.
Oosthuizen got off to a slow start last season and although he showed some signs of life in early April, his season didn't really get started until August. A top-5 finish at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational started a stretch of seven consecutive top-25s that he'll carry into 2013. Like many on the PGA TOUR, Oosthuizen is a world traveler and his focus will never entirely be on just the PGA TOUR, but if he plays like he did last season, especially at the end, it won't matter. The problem with Oosthuizen, though, is the number of events he plays, coupled with the lack of a track record in the states. As such, it would probably be wise to pass on Oosthuizen in salary cap leagues this year. In draft leagues, Oosthiuzen is a late second-round pick.
Much like his fellow major champion, Graeme McDowell, Oosthuizen struggled to back up his win in 2011. Oosthuizen never really got untracked last season and carded only three Top-10s, two of which came after the regular season ended. Oosthuizen is likely to play a limited schedule again this year, but he may worth a late-round pick because of his availability during big events.
Oothuizen was the unlikely British Open Champion last season, which accounted for nearly all of his non-member PGA Tour earnings last season. Oothuizen is still young, so he might be getting better each season, but the fact is, his game as a whole last season was not very strong - at least in the States. He missed the cut at both the U.S. Open and the Masters in 2010. Still, he's set to join the PGA Tour in 2011 and will play at least 15 events in the U.S.
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Returning at Genesis Open
February 11, 2019
Oosthuizen (neck) is listed in the field for this week's Genesis Open.
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Withdraws from this week's event
January 24, 2019
Oosthuizen withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic due to a neck injury, according to SuperSport Blitz.
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Adds another top-10
December 17, 2018
Oosthuizen closed with a one-under 71 on Sunday at the Alfred Dunhill Championship to finish seven-under and tied for seventh.
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Wins in South Africa
December 10, 2018
Oosthuizen won the South African Open by six strokes on Sunday with a four-day total of 18-under-par.
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Finishes third at Nedbank Golf Challenge
November 12, 2018
Oosthuizen carded a three-under 69 on Sunday at the Nedbank Golf Challenge to finish 11-under and alone in third place.
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