Oosthuizen withdraws from TOUR Championship
September 24, 2015
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Louis Oosthuizen is No. 29 in the FedExCup after finishing second in two majors in 2015. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
ATLANTA -- First, Jim Furyk. Now, Louis Oosthuizen. For the second time this week, a player slated to compete in the Presidents Cup has withdrawn from the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Furyk, who withdrew on Tuesday, has a contusion in his left wrist. Oosthuizen is battling a strained hamstring behind his right knee that started giving him problems last Sunday and forced an early exit Thursday after 13 holes.
The Presidents Cup is scheduled for Oct. 8-11 in Incheon City, South Korea. Furyk is slated to make his eighth appearance for the United States Team, while Oosthuizen is scheduled to represent the International Team for the second time.
On Monday, Oosthuizen said he struggled to walk around his house. The South African didn't play on Tuesday but walked the course with no issues on Wednesday -- after having a ganglion cyst on his right wrist drained.
Thursday's first round of the FedExCup finale was a different story.
"Starting the round I didn't even feel it, I didn't even know about it," Oosthuizen said. "But after five or six holes, I started feeling it immediately and started walking slower and just every hole it got worse and worse and worse."
When the injury forced Oosthuizen to make compensations in his swing, he knew it was time to withdraw.
"That's when you start losing confidence and you start hurting other things," Oosthuizen said.
He is slated to play next week's Dunhill Links Championship, which is played at three courses in Scotland, including St. Andrews, where Oosthuizen won the 2010 Open Championship and was runner-up this year.
"It might need to be a hot call not playing Dunhill Links, so that I can have a proper preparation before Presidents Cup," Oosthuizen said.
The South African is headed home to Palm Beach, Florida, and plans to work with his physio for a few days before making any decisions.
"I need to make a call on next Wednesday or Thursday and tell (International Captain) Nick Price if I'll be a hundred percent or not," he said.