'It's A Bit Of A Punch In The Gut' - Oosthuizen On Presidents Cup Omission

The South African also stated that he was 'a bit disappointed in the decision' whereby he isn't allowed to play

Oosthuizen tees off at the Presidents Cup
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Louis Oosthuizen has been around the professional game for over two decades and possesses a CV that many would be proud of. However, following his jump to LIV Golf, the Saudi-backed series which is splitting the professional game in two, the South African admits he has 'pangs' about missing out on the Presidents Cup.

Taking place at Quail Hollow, half of the World's Top 10 will be in action, as Team USA take on the International Team. Having featured in the last four events (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) it is the first time Oosthuizen has missed a Presidents Cup, with PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan issuing a PGA Tour and Presidents Cup ban to anyone who went over to the LIV Golf Series.

Monahan talks in front of the Tour Championship logo

Monahan speaking at the 2022 Tour Championship

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Speaking to Sports Illustrated, the 2010 Champion Golfer of the Year stated that: "There's a lot of pangs about missing next week," adding "I think of us who are here—Charl, Branden, Carlos—they would love to be able to play. It's a bit of a stinger."

After resigning his PGA Tour membership before joining LIV Golf, the 39-year-old still hoped to play the prestigious team event while with LIV: "I thought by resigning my membership before I did anything wrong really... there's no rule that says I need to be a PGA Tour member to play the Presidents Cup, especially as an International team player.  

"I didn't think I did anything wrong. I made my decision where I am playing golf. But I didn't do anything wrong while I was a PGA Tour member. I was a bit disappointed in the decision that I was on the list not being able to play."

Niemann, Oosthuizen, Ancer at the 2019 Presidents Cup

LIV Golfers Niemann, Oosthuizen and Ancer at the 2019 Presidents Cup

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Although Oosthuizen won't be at Quail Hollow, he will "be rooting 150 percent for the International team," adding: "It's always been one of my favorite weeks of the year. It's a bit of a punch in the gut not to be able to play that. More so, not being able to be one of the players who is with a South African captain."

Throughout the process of International Team selection, the Captain, Trevor Immelman, has described the landscape as a "giant pain in my a**," with the South African now missing the likes of Oosthuizen, Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Joaquin Niemann, Branden Grace, Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Ancer due to their LIV involvement.

"I feel the most bad for Trev,' said Oosthuizen, who has secured nine wins, six losses and four draws throughout his four appearances. "Trevor's a good friend. We text each other. He knew my decision beforehand. But still, it sucks. I wanted to play for him. He's going to be a great captain."

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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