Harare – Of South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen, it can somewhat uncharitably said: “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.”
Somewhat uncharitable because he does have a US Open crown to his name. Also somewhat valid because he has never managed to replicate that success from 2010.
And the clock is ticking for the 38-year-old wunderkind who has not scaled the dizzy heights expected of him a decade ago.
After finishing as runner-up at the 2021 US Open Championship – which made him the 14th player to record six or more second place finishes at major tournaments – Oosthuizen could not hide his disappointment.
“Look, it’s frustrating. It’s disappointing. I’m playing good golf, but it’s not – winning a major is not just going to happen. You need to go out and play good golf. I played good today (Sunday), but I didn’t play good enough,” he said.
Oosthuizen finished five-under-par, a stroke behind Jon Rahm of Spain who won the 121st US Open Championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California on June 20.
This was Oosthuizen’s sixth runner-up finish in a major since entering the PGA Tour in 2010. He is the third South Africa golfer on the list of 14 players to have six runners-up positions in a major.
He holds the distinction of having finished runner-up in all four major championships: the 2012 Masters Tournament, the 2015 and 2021 U.S. Open, the 2015 Open Championship, and the PGA Championship in 2017 and 2021.
Oosthuizen is one of eight golfers to accomplish this feat, joining Craig Wood, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson, and Dustin Johnson.
His highest placing on the Official World Golf Ranking is fourth, which he reached in January 2013.