Number Crunching 2013: Louis Oosthuizen
Over the final two weeks of 2013, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months. Check out the entire series here.
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Ranking/movement: -92 (No. 20 to No. 112)
Why the fall? Injuries. Oosthuizen dealt with neck, back and leg this year.
The 31-year-old South African started the 2013 season with a victory at the Volvo Golf Champions in January, but things went downhill from there. He missed cuts in three of five stroke-play events through the Masters, withdrew from the Open Championship and didn’t even make the trip to Oak Hill for the PGA Championship. He took a two-month hiatus in hopes of playing without pain in the fall.
“I’ve always had the lower back (issue) but never painful when I played,” said Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 Open Championship. “But after the eight weeks that I took off, started playing again, it was completely different. It was locked up. It was sore. It sometimes goes down my legs, and I was just struggling to get through some rounds.”
Oosthuizen returned to professional golf in September at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and missed the cut, played poorly the next week for the International team at the Presidents Cup and showed little during the four events in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai Final Series.
Oosthuizen thinks that once his health is restored, his game will come around. In mid-November, he decided on a facet joint block procedure in his native South Africa. “Hopefully it’ll work,” he said
Oosthuizen says: “I’m really struggling with the lower back, but it comes and goes. (There are)days it’s just really bad and can’t properly swing through the ball.