South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen is runner-up to 2021 US Open champ Jon Rahm

Louis “Shrek” Oosthuizen, 38, of South Africa almost won the 121st edition of the United States Open Championship. He was runner-up to the champion Jon “Rahmbo” Rahm, 26, of Spain.

Including Oosthuizen and Rahm, 156 golfers competed in the 2021 U.S. Open, which was held on the South Course at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, San Diego, California, USA from June 17-20, 2021.

Rahm made birdie on his final two holes to finish one shot ahead of Oosthuizen, making the Spanish golfer the first ever U.S. Open champion from Spain. Harris English, 31, of Georgia, USA ranked third while Brooks Koepka, 31, of Jupiter, Florida, USA, Guido Migliozzi, 24, of Italy and Collin Morikawa, 24, of Las Vegas, Nevaga, USA tied for fourth place.

In the U.S. Open, Oosthuizen tied for ninth place in 2011, tied for second place in 2015 and tied for seventh place in 2019. He ranked third in the 120th edition, which was won by Bryson DeChambeau, 27, of Dallas, Texas, USA.


Oosthuizen has been playing golf professionally since 2002. He is now one of the eight professional golfers who have finished first runner-up in all four major golf championships.

In 2012, Oosthuizen was runner-up to 76th Masters Tournament champion Bubba Watson, 42, of Pensacola, Florida. The South African golfer was runner-up to 2015 Open Championship winner Zach Johnson, 45, of St. Simons Island, Georgia, to 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas, 28, of Jupiter and 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, 51, of Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Born in Mossel Bay, South Africa, Oosthuizen married Nel-Mare Oosthuizen in 2007. The have three daughters namely Jana Oosthuizen, Sophia Oosthuizen and Emma Oosthuizen.

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