Luis Oosthuizen shows off the championship belt and Claret Jug that came with his dominating performance at the Old Course at St. Andrews. (Getty Images)
Open Championship win lands Oosthuizen in PGA Grand Slam
With a dominating performance at the Old Course, little-known South African Louis Oosthuizen not only became the first player since Tony Lema in 1964 to win his first major championship at St. Andrews, he secured a spot in the most exclusive foursome in all of golf, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- It was a dominating, clinical performance, one befitting a time-tested champion. But the architect of this dissection of the Old Course at St. Andrews didn’t come from an expected source. Instead, it came from little-known South African Louis Oosthuizen, who romped to the Open Championship title and the third spot in the hardest tournament to qualify for -- the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
Oosthuizen became the first player since Tony Lema in 1964 to win his first major championship at St. Andrews, firing a final-round 71 to secure a trip to Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda. That’s where the major champions will gather, Oct. 18-20, to decide the title of “Champion of Champions.”
In becoming the fourth South African to win the Open Championship, joining Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Ernie Els, Oosthuizen lapped the field on the storied course. He led over the last 48 holes and his 16-under-par 272 score produced a seven-shot victory over England’s Lee Westwood. His margin of victory was the largest in an Open Championship since World War II, and trailed only seven-time PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champion Tiger Woods’ eight-shot victory at St. Andrews in 2000.
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf will once again air on TNT, where it is broadcast in prime time to more than 89 million U.S. homes and an international audience of more than 100 countries. Comprised of the four major championship winners, the 36-hole PGA Grand Slam of Golf provides the best players in the world the opportunity to earn a spot in the most elusive and difficult foursome in all of golf.
Rounding out the foursome with Masters Champion Phil Mickelson, U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell and Oosthuizen, is the winner of the 92nd PGA Championship, Aug. 12-15 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.
Should one of those players win more than one major Championship this season, the foursome will be completed through the Major Champions Points List composed of past major Champions who compete in the current year’s majors.
Besides, Els, Mickelson and Woods, past PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champions include: Lucas Glover, Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk, Tom Lehman, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, Nick Price and Ian Woosnam.
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