Although niggling injuries have played their part in a stop-start PGA Tour season for Louis Oosthuizen, the South African has still delivered six top-10 finishes in 14 starts and come agonsingly close to winning the last two Majors.
A US Open and Open Championship runner-up in 2015, Oosthuizen has once again proved to be a player for the grand stage.
This theory is ratified by finishes of 14th, 6th and 5th in the first three WGC events of the season where the world’s top 50 ranked golfers have converged on Shanghai, Miami and Austin respectively.
Heading into the final WGC event in the series, the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, an injury-free Ooshuizen fresh from a top performance at St Andrews must therefore be well fancied for another strong challenge.
This viewpoint is clearly shared by the odds compilers at Ladbrokes who include the 2010 Open champion high up in the betting at 25/1 to land the trophy in Ohio.
The Mossel Bay native also has a decent track record around Firestone’s notoriously long and roundly testing South Course over recent seasons too, just to strengthen his case further.
He boosts a pair of top 10s over his last four starts, the last of which was an 11-under par score to earn him fourth spot in 2012, while he missed the 2013 edition.
Those punters put off by the eggs-in-one-basket approach to picking the winner would still be crazy not to include Oosthuizen’s 2/1 price on a seventh top 10 of the season for the man who ranks second on Tour for stroke average.
Furthermore, for those feeling a little braver, only one winner in the last 20 editions have secured the title without a Major championship to their name.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.