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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 22 Louis Oosthuizen


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 22 Louis Oosthuizen

Born: Oct. 19, 1982, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 (7 on European Tour) | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,251,174 (22nd) | World Ranking: 18

Gary Williams' Take: This is a man who could have three majors on his résumé and be on his way to the Hall of Fame, but playoff losses at the 2012 Masters and 2015 Open Championship and a remarkable tie for second at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay (where he shot 199 in the final three rounds after opening with 77), make him a hard read. It’s hard to believe he has never won a golf tournament in the United States after dominating the field and winning the Open Championship in 2010 at St. Andrews. He’s blessed with effortless power, flawless mechanics and an even temper, so you would think that he should win more often on the PGA Tour. Granted, he is a true global player who supports the European Tour and also is loyal to many events in South Africa throughout the year, but his close calls and his pedigree leave you wanting and expecting more victories. If another healthy season goes by without a win in the states, Oosthuizen will become a mystery or just a quirky trivia question. Fact is, he should be among the favorites at every major championship venue in 2016.
Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 29
Wins: 1
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T19
    U.S. Open – T2
    British Open – T2
    PGA Championship – T30
Best Career Finishes
    Masters – 2 (2012)
    U.S. Open – T2 (2015)
    British Open - 1 (2010)
    PGA Championship – T15 (2014)
Top-10 Finishes: 5
Top-25 Finishes: 10
Missed Cuts: 14

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