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Tour Report: No. 22: Louis Oosthuizen

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2013 PREVIEW: Louis Oosthuizen’s sophomore season on the PGA TOUR showed great progress. Included among his five top-10s were two seconds and a third, and he ended up seventh in the FedExCup after missing out on the Playoffs as a rookie. He finished sixth or better in his final four events in Europe, too, which should send the South African into 2013 with great confidence.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: The shot of the year would have been the 4-iron Oosthuizen holed for double eagle at No. 2 at Augusta National on Sunday — that is, had it not been for the 7-iron Bubba Watson curved out of the trees on the second hole of their playoff later that day. Watson denied Oosthuizen his second major but the South African rebounded with a victory in Malaysia the following week. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: I think he has the best swing on TOUR. He generates so much power for a man that is not physically imposing. Every time I watch Louie play, I always wonder why he doesn’t win more often. While leading the Deutsche Bank Championship he said he felt bad for Rory McIlroy, who was struggling to make birdies in the third round. McIlroy ended up winning the tournament and Oosthuizen was gracious in defeat. I wonder if Louie’s weakness is being too nice a person. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Rookie eligibility is criticized on the PGA TOUR, but despite his global experience and success, he was not immune to the pitfalls of first-time membership in 2011, thus debunking purists’ theories. Lo and behold, with that season under his belt and a better plan of attack, he stuck with a predominantly U.S.-based schedule this year and crushed it to the tune of $3.46 million, second-highest among non-winners. He just turned 30, so settle in for another season. The South African has found a groove. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert


2012 QUICK REVIEW

Regular Season ranking
34th

Final Playoffs ranking
7th

Best finishes 2nd
1st
Masters Tournament, Deutsche Bank Championship
By the Numbers
Starts: 19
Cuts made: 15
Rounds played: 67
Top-10 finishes: 5
Money List rank: 15th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 23rd
Driving accuracy: 67th
Greens in regulation: 15th
Strokes gained-putting: 92nd
Scoring average: 11th

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