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Louis Oosthuizen teeters on missing three majors next season as three LIV golfers earn spots in 2023 British Open

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Unless R&A announces a change to the criteria for winning places at the UK Open, South African Louis Oosthuizen will have a chance to play next July at Royal Liverpool because he won the 2010 UK Open at St Andrews. All past winners are given a place on the field until they reach the age of 60.

However, after a tie for second place on 2021 PGA Championshipand then took second place in US Open and took third place in UK Open That same year, Oosthuizen is teetering on the brink of missing out on three other major tournaments in 2023.

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Last week, golf week explained to readers how professionals earn places in all four major championships, and while each uses a slightly different set of criteria to complete their course, maintaining a high OWGR placement is the primary method used by elite golfers. For example, golfers with a rating of 50 or higher on December 31, 2022 may qualify for an invitation to play in the 2023 Masters tournament.

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As of Monday morning Ousthuisen is in 49th place.

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The OWGR does not award points for LIV tournament performance, so like most LIV golfers, Oosthuizen’s place in the OWGR has gradually risen since he was suspended from the PGA Tour. In his case, Oosthuizen went up from #21 in early July to #49 on November 20th. If he gets above 50, which he probably will in the next week or two, Oosthuizen won’t fit any of the traditional criteria. Augusta National Golf Club to guarantee an invitation. He will also not have an exemption for the PGA Championship next season. For the US Open, Oosthuizen will likely need to qualify to enter the field at the Los Angeles Country Club because the OWGR cutoff for elimination has traditionally been #60 two weeks before group qualifiers (May 23, 2023) or at day of sectional qualifiers (June 6, 2023).

Three other LIV golfers are likely doing better than Oosthuizen on Monday because they appear to have earned spots at the 2023 UK Open.

Traditionally, golfers finishing 30th in the Race to Duabi of the DP World Tour qualify for the British Open next year. Rory McIlroy won on Sunday, but Spaniard Adrian Otaegui finished 15th and Spaniard Pablo Larrasabal 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 (Otagui), 86 (Larrazabal) and 89 (Bland) are not high enough to receive eliminations.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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