Louis Oosthuizen Withdraws From The Masters Due To Injury

The South African becomes the second LIV golfer to withdraw from the event, citing injury problems

Oosthuizen stands by his caddie during the second round of The Masters
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Louis Oosthuizen's venture for a second Major title goes on after the South African withdrew from The Masters with injury. He had been seven-over-par at the time, with the likelihood of making the cut virtually impossible, especially as Oosthuizen had just one hole left to complete.

It now means the 40-year-old is the second LIV golfer to withdraw from the tournament, with Kevin Na backing out after just nine holes on Thursday, citing illness. The two also join Will Zalatoris, who didn't even get to tee off at Augusta National because of injury.

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Firing a first round 76, the South African shot a four-over-par front nine to sit at eight-over-par for the tournament. Another bogey followed at the 11th, with the 2010 Open champion making back-to-back birdies at the 15th and 16th.

After parring the 17th, he and the other remaining golfers on the course were then met with the hooter as play was suspended for the day due to the inclement weather. With golfers set to return at 8.00am on Saturday morning, Oosthuizen withdrew because of injury, meaning he won't be joining playing partners Kevin Kisner and Adrian Meronk on the 18th.

Making his 14th appearance in the event, Oosthuizen in fact withdrew from the tournament last year with injury. That time he was playing with Tiger Woods and Joaquin Niemann, with the 40-year-old also firing a four-over round during the first day back in 2022!

Oosthuizen watches his tee shot after hitting driver

Oosthuizen has withdrawn from The Masters for a second straight year

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His best result at The Masters came in 2012, when he made it to a playoff against Bubba Watson. That day, he lost via an incredible shot from Watson on the par 4 10th.

It's not the first time that the injury bug has plagued Oosthuizen though. Back in November 2021, he withdrew from the PGA Tour's RSM Classic and, since the LIV Golf Invitational event in Tuscon, he has been seen wearing a pad on his right elbow, which could be the main cause of his withdrawal. 

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

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.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x