Height: 5 ft. 10 in
Weight: 180 lbs
Turned Pro: 2002
Birthplace: Mossel Bay, South Africa
Country: South Africa
Oosthuizen was a successful amateur and received funding from fellow South African Ernie Els in his early career. When Oosthuizen turned 19 years old in 2002, he turned pro. Initially playing on his native Sunshine Tour, he won his first of seven titles on the Tour in 2004 at the Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour. He has won a total of seven times on his native Tour to date. After graduating from the European Challenge Tour in 2003, Oosthuizen earned a full card for the main Tour. In his rookie season, Oosthuizen finished a respectable 76th on the money list.
Oosthuizen’s breakout season came in 2010. He captured his first European Tour title at the Open de Andalucia de Golf by three shots towards the end of March. He then proceeded to dominate the British Open Championship at St. Andrews where he romped to victory by seven shots. Going into the event, he had only made the cut once in eight attempts at a Major Championship. He would end the season 10th on the money list.
He won the Africa Open on the European Tour in both 2011 and 2012. Oosthuizen came close to capturing a green jacket at the US Masters in 2012 after he lost to Bubba Watson in a play-off. On the second hole of his final round, Oosthuizen holed out his second shot on the Par 5 for what was only the fourth ever albatross recorded in Masters history. The week after the Masters, he claimed the Maybank Malaysian Open by three shots. He would finish the season 3rd on the money list. He won the Volvo Golf Champions event in both 2013 and 2014. To date, Oosthuizen has seven European Tour victories. The South African put in a good performance at the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay where he finished a single shot behind winner Jordan Spieth.