Unless the R&A announces a change in the criteria for winning places at the British Open, South African Louis Oosthuizen will have a chance to play next July at Royal Liverpool as he won the 2010 British Open at St. Andrews . All past winners are given a place on the pitch until they reach the age of 60.
However, after finishing tied for second in the 2021 PGA Championshipthen being the finalist at U.S. Open and tied for third place in Great Britain Open that same year, Oosthuizen is set to miss the other three major tournaments in 2023.
Last week, golf week explained to readers how pros earn spots in all four major championships, and although each uses a slightly different set of criteria to fill their field, maintaining a high place on the OWGR is a primary method used by elite golfers. For example, golfers ranked 50 or better as of December 31, 2022 can expect to receive an invitation to play the 2023 Masters.
As of Monday morning, Oosthuizen is No. 49.
The OWGR does not award points for performance in LIV events, so like most LIV golfers, Oosthuizen’s place on the OWGR has slowly increased since he was suspended from the PGA Tour. In his case, Oosthuizen went from No. 21 in early July to No. 49 on November 20. If it exceeds 50, and it likely will in the next week or two, Oosthuizen will not meet any of the traditional criteria used. by the Augusta National Golf Club to justify an invitation. He also won’t have a bye for next season’s PGA Championship. As for the US Open, Oosthuizen will likely have to go through qualifying to enter the court at Los Angeles Country Club as the OWGR threshold for an exemption has traditionally been No. 60 two weeks before sectional qualifying (May 23 2023) or on the day of section qualifications (June 6, 2023).
Three other LIV golfers are likely feeling better than Oosthuizen on Monday as they appear to have earned places on the course at the 2023 British Open.
Traditionally, golfers who finish in the top 30 of the DP World Tour’s Race to Duabi earn a place at the British Open the following year. Rory McIlroy won on Sunday, but Spaniard Adrian Otaegui finished 15th and fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal finished 23rd. Englishman Richard Bland finished 24th.
These performances do not earn them a place in any of the other three major championships and their world rankings of 98 (Otaegui), 86 (Larrazabal) and 89 (Bland) are also not high enough to merit exemptions.