Despite Louis Oosthuizen having taken up his US Tour membership for 2011, the Northern Trust Open this weekend will be his first ever regular season event in the America. How will he fare?

We can expect some pretty fun pronunciations of his last name this week from commentators and American golf fans alike, but there’ll be no confusion about the title that he currently wears: 2010 Open champion.

The South African blew away the field last year by seven strokes, becoming the first player since Tony Lema in 1964 to win his first major at St. Andrews. Having spent most of his professional career on the European Tour, Oosthuizen decided to use the exemptions that winning the Open afforded him and take up membership on the US Tour for 2011.

It’s not too surprising that it has taken him this long to make his debut on the US Tour considering big tournaments in his native South Africa in January and Dubai over the last couple of weeks.

But now that he is there is excited and raring to go, and a little jetlagged.

"I'm still looking around for the Hollywood sign," Oosthuizen said, "Once I see that, I'll know I'm in LA. Whenever you're here you want to see that sign."

When told that the iconic landmark was located a few miles east of Riviera, Oosthuizen, "I don't know which way is east. I'm still on Qatar time."

"I've always, as a little boy, wanted to play in America, wanted to at least try," the 28-year-old said. "So I just felt like with the (British Open) exemptions I've got now, it's a great time to do it.

"I want to at least give myself a few years just to see if I like it. I know what it is (like) back in Europe."

Louis like what he saw of the course after his first nine-hole practice session with Zach Johnson.

"I enjoy playing off kikuyu, The greens were quite firm this morning, and it was really fast. I've got to get used to the greens with the speed."

"I felt like I played really nice in Qatar, just the last round I struggled off the tee and the rough was very severe. I took a lot of confidence out of that tournament.

"Starting here, it's probably going to be a bit different. I'm not used to the US Tour and I'm just getting used to everything. But I feel like I'm swinging it pretty well."

How do you think Louis is going to do this weekend?

TV Schedule



European Tour: Avantha Masters Day 1

10:00-14:00 – SuperSport 1

US Tour: Northern Trust Open Day 1

22:00-01:00 – SuperSport 1

22:00-01:00 – CSN



European Tour: Avantha Masters Day 2

10:00-14:00 – SuperSport 6

US Tour: Northern Trust Open Day 2

22:00-01:00 – SuperSport 6

22:00-01:00 – SuperSport HD

23:45-01:00 – CSN



European Tour: Avantha Masters Day 3

08:30-12:30 – SuperSport 7

US Tour: Northern Trust Open Day 3

22:00-01:00 – SuperSport 6

22:00-01:00 – SuperSport HD

22:00-01:00 – CSN



European Tour: Avantha Masters Day 4

0830:00-12:30 – SuperSport 7

US Tour: Northern Trust Open Day 4

22:00-01:30 – SuperSport 1

22:00-01:30 – SuperSport HD

22:00-01:30 – CSN



US Tour: Northern Trust Open


7/1 – Phil Mickelson
12/1 – Steve Stricker
18/1 – Dustin Johnson
18/1 – Luke Donald
20/1 – Hunter Mahan

Southern Africans:

40/1 – Retief Goosen
66/1 – Rory Sabbatini
80/1 – Louis Oosthuizen
100/1 – Brendon de Jonge
200/1 – Trevor Immelman


1500/1 – Jon Fielder

European Tour: Avantha Masters


4/1 – Thongchai Jaidee
4/1 – Jeev Milkha Singh
4/1 – Soren Hansen
5/1 – Scott Strange
5/1 – Rafael Cabrera Bello
5/1 – Tetsuji Hiratsuka

South Africans

10/1 – Jbe Kruger
12/1 – Keith Horne
33/1 – Peter Karmis
50/1 – James Kamte


150/1 – Singh Vishal