South African golfer; winner of the 2010 British Open golf championship.
One of the latest crop of talented young players to emerge from South Africa. Louis had a successful 2007 in homeland with three wins in total throughout the year.
Yet to break his duck on The European Tour but a consistent season saw him record his highest finish on the Order of Merit. A member of the Ernie Els Foundation in South Africa since 1999, receiving help and inspiration from the former European Tour Number One.
Won the Irish Amateur Open Championship and a member of the South African team, alongside fellow European Tour Member Charl Schwartzel, which won the World Junior Team Championships in 2000.
Comes from a strong tennis family with his father and brother both playing tennis at a provincial level but opted for golf.
In 2010 Louis won his first European Tour event, the Open de Andalucia de Golf. He followed that up with his first major championship, the 139th Open Championship played over the Old Course at St Andrews. He won by a massive seven shots.
Oosthuizen was born in Mossel Bay, South Africa. His early career was supported financially for three years by the foundation of fellow South African Ernie Els. He won numerous amateur titles before turning professional in 2002 at the age of 19.
He has won five professional tournaments on the Sunshine Tour, the 2004 Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour event at Arabella, the 2007 Dimension Data Pro-Am and Platinum Classic, and the Telkom PGA Championship twice, in 2007 and 2008. He played on the European Challenge Tour in 2003 and has been a member of the European Tour since 2004. In 2009 he finished 31st on the Race to Dubai. He has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings.
In March 2010, he won his first European Tour event at the Open de Andalucia de Golf. He also won the 2010 Masters Par 3 Contest. In his first two rounds at the 2010 Open Championship, Oosthuizen shot 65 and 67 for a total of 132 to tie the record for the lowest 36-hole score in an Open Championship at St Andrews. His final score was 16 strokes under par, beating Lee Westwood by seven strokes, finishing his four rounds in 272 strokes - the second lowest in St Andrews history. He had missed the cut in seven of his previous eight major championships.
Oosthuizen is married to Nel-Mare, and they have a baby girl, Jana.