Peter Oosterhuis

Peter Arthur Oosterhuis (born 3 May 1948) is an English professional golfer and golf broadcaster. Oosterhuis played on the European circuit from 1969 to 1974, winning 10 tournaments and taking the Harry Vardon Trophy for heading the Order of Merit for four consecutive seasons from 1971 to 1974. From 1975 he played on the PGA Tour, winning the Canadian Open in 1981. He was twice runner-up in the Open Championship, in 1974 and 1982. Later he became a golf analyst on TV, initially in Europe and then in the United States. In 2015, Oosterhuis announced that he had Alzheimer's disease.

Peter Oosterhuis
Personal information
Full namePeter Arthur Oosterhuis
Born (1948-05-03) 3 May 1948 (age 72)
Lambeth, London, England
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight230 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
Nationality England
ResidenceCharlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
SpouseValerie, Ruth Ann
ChildrenRob, Rich
Turned professional1968
Former tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins27
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
European Tour7
Sunshine Tour3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT3: 1973
PGA ChampionshipT22: 1982
U.S. OpenT7: 1975
The Open Championship2nd/T2: 1974, 1982
Achievements and awards
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
Harry Vardon Trophy
1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year

Early years, amateur golfEdit

Oosterhuis was born in London and educated at Dulwich College. He won the 1966 Berkshire Trophy by a stroke from Michael Bonallack, after a final round 67 which included nine 3s in 11 holes, with seven 3s in succession.[1] Later in 1966 he won the British Youths Open Amateur Championship by four strokes.[2] He represented Great Britain in the 1967 Walker Cup. Playing with Ronnie Shade in the foursomes they halved one match and won the other. However, Oosterhuis lost both his singles matches. He also played in the 1968 Eisenhower Trophy where Great Britain and Ireland won the silver medal. Great Britain and Ireland led the United States by 7 strokes after three rounds, but the Americans scored 73, 73 and 75 in the final round to Great Britain and Ireland's 76, 76, and 77 to win by a stroke. Oosterhuis turned professional in November 1968.[3]

European TourEdit

Oosterhuis played on the European circuit in the early years of his professional career, from 1969 to 1974, winning the Harry Vardon Trophy (the Order of Merit title) four consecutive times from 1971 to 1974.

In 1969, his rookie season, he started the season by winning the Sunningdale Foursomes, playing with the amateur Peter Benka, and finished runner-up in the Gor-Ray Under-24 Championship. He was awarded the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. In 1970 Oosterhuis won two age-restricted events, Lord Derby’s Under-23 Professional Tournament and the Coca-Cola Young Professionals' Championship. Later in the season he finished tied for sixth in the Open Championship, and third in the Dunlop Masters.[4] Oosterhuis had won the General Motors Open in South Africa in February, an event which served as the South African qualifier for the Alcan Golfer of the Year Championship. He finished tied for third place in that event with Neil Coles and Lee Trevino, winning £2,487.[5]

Oosterhuis won his first important British event, the Agfa-Gevaert Tournament, in May 1971 and followed this up by winning the Sunbeam Electric Tournament and the Piccadilly Medal later in the season. These, together a number of other high finishes, including being runner-up in the Carroll's International and the Dunlop Masters, gave Oosterhuis the Order of Merit title with 1292.5 points, beating Neil Coles who finished just 7 points behind.[6] 1972 was the first year of the European tour. Oosterhuis won the Penfold-Bournemouth Tournament and the Coca-Cola Young Professionals' Championship, a non-tour event. He was runner-up in the Dutch Open, the Viyella PGA Championship and the John Player Classic. He won the Order of Merit title with 1751 points, ahead of Guy Hunt on 1710, although his performances in the big money events put him well ahead as the leading money winner with £18,525.[7]

Oosterhuis won three European tour events in 1973: the Piccadilly Medal, French Open and Viyella PGA Championship. He was also runner-up in the Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open and Dutch Open. He won the Order of Merit again, with 3440 points, 460 points ahead of Maurice Bembridge.[8] He won £17,455 in official tour events, second behind Tony Jacklin. Oosterhuis won three more European tour events in 1974: the French Open and the last two tournaments of the season, the Italian Open and El Paraiso Open. In addition he was runner-up in five other events, including the Open Championship, and was third in three more, finishing outside the top three only twice during the European Tour season. He won the Order of Merit for the fourth time, nearly 600 points ahead of second-place Dale Hayes.[9]

Although he played on the PGA Tour from 1975, Oosterhuis made regular visits to play in the Open Championship and occasionally other European Tour events. He was runner-up in the 1977 Penfold PGA Championship, the 1981 Bob Hope British Classic, and the 1982 Open Championship.

South African TourEdit

After turning professional Oosterhuis played in his first professional tournament in South Africa in January 1969.[3] He played regularly in South Africa from the 1968/69 season until the 1973/74 season.

PGA TourEdit

Oosterhuis made his debut on the PGA Tour at the 1971 Greater Greensboro Open, the week before competing in his first Masters.[10] In 1973 Oosterhuis led the Masters Tournament after three rounds before finishing third. In the 1974 Monsanto Open, Oosterhuis lost in a playoff to Lee Elder.[11] This was a historic event as it assured that Elder, an African-American, would be the first black man to play at the Masters.[12] Oosterhuis was not a member of the PGA Tour at this point; he played all of these events on sponsor exemptions.

In 1974 Oosterhuis entered the qualification process to become a full-time member of the PGA Tour. In November, he finished fourth in the 144-hole PGA Tour Qualifying school, earning his card for the 1975 season.[13] There were high hopes for Oosterhuis' success on the PGA Tour. He was ranked #7 in the world less than a year before joining the PGA Tour and had just won the European Tour Order of Merit for the 4th consecutive time weeks before entering Q-school.[14] He made his debut as a tour player in the opening event of the season, the Phoenix Open.[15] He recorded a second-place finish at First NBC New Orleans Open to Billy Casper. He was also in contention for the U.S. Open on the last day. He was four shots back in a 4-way tie for 4th place as he entered the final round. The leaders struggled, however, and Oosterhuis' even-par golf through the first 8 holes was nearly enough to catch them. However, he made four consecutive bogeys in the middle of the round to abruptly eliminate his chances. He would still finish only two back, in a tie for seventh. Oosterhuis also recorded one other top-10 in 1975. His overall record for the year was 28 starts with 24 made cuts along with 3 top-10s and 10 top-25s.[16] Although he did not quite meet the level of success he achieved in the early 1970s, it was nonetheless a promising start on the more challenging American tour.

Oosterhuis did not progress on this performance, however. Through the late 1970s he would easily keep his Tour card, but was not a regular contender to win events on the PGA Tour. His year-end statistics through the late 1970s are remarkably similar to his 1975 results. In 1976, he made the cut in 25 of 29 events with 3 top-10s and 11 top-25s. In 1977, he made 18 of 25 cuts with 3 top-10s and 9 top-25s, including a runner-up finish at the Canadian Open, his third and final runner-up finish on tour. In 1978, he recorded 20 made cuts in 24 events with, for the fourth straight year, 3 top-10s as well as 6 top-25s.[16]

Oosterhuis' career in America reached its nadir in the summer of 1981. He hadn't recorded a top-10 in over a year.[16] He barely kept his card the previous year, finishing #107 on the money list.[17] He had gotten some advice, however, from former pro and instructor Bert Yancey which "helped immensely."[18] This work eventually paid off as he won the Canadian Open in August 1981. It would be his only PGA Tour win. He defeated Andy North, Bruce Lietzke, and Jack Nicklaus by a shot. Nicklaus had a 20-foot eagle putt on the last hole to tie but missed.[18] He would build on this success, recording 4 top-10s and 13 top-25s in 1982, both his best ever for the PGA Tour.[16] He would also finish runner-up at the 1982 Open Championship.

The remainder of Oosterhuis' career was not quite as successful. He would record a handful of top-10s before quitting life as a touring professional after the 1986 season.[16]

Ryder CupEdit

Oosterhuis played on six consecutive Ryder Cup teams for Great Britain and Ireland, and later Europe, from 1971 to 1981. Representing Great Britain and Ireland from 1971 to 1977 he had an impressive record, especially in singles matches. In 1971 he beat Gene Littler and Arnold Palmer, in 1973 he halved with Lee Trevino and beat Palmer again, in 1975 he beat Johnny Miller and J. C. Snead while in 1977 he beat Jerry McGee. At that time he had a singles record of 6 wins, a half and no losses. Although he lost his singles matches, playing for Europe, in his final two Ryder Cup matches, he finished with a 6–2–1 record in singles and with 6½ points is only ½ point behind the overall Ryder Cup singles record of 7 points held by 5 players including Arnold Palmer. Palmer had only three losses in 11 singles matches, two of them by Oosterhuis, the other being by Peter Alliss in 1963. In all matches Oosterhuis had a winning 14–11–3 record in the Ryder Cup, despite being on the losing side on all six occasions.

Club professionalEdit

From 1987 to 1993, he was Director of Golf at Forsgate Country Club in Jamesburg, New Jersey, and at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

Broadcasting careerEdit

In 1994, Oosterhuis was hired to cover the PGA Tour by Britain's Sky Sports and covered the Open Championship for the BBC in 1996 and 1997. From 1995 to 1997, he was the lead analyst for the Golf Channel's coverage of the European Tour.

In 1997, Oosterhuis joined the CBS Sports announcer team part-time, working five events including the Masters and the PGA Championship. In 1998, he joined the CBS golf team full-time. Oosterhuis has also worked on early-round coverage when CBS was covering the weekend, fulfilling this role for ESPN (2003–2006), Golf Channel (1998–2002, 2007–2014), and USA Network (1997–2007). In 2010, Oosterhuis began to work part-time for CBS, again calling about five events per year including the Masters and PGA Championship. Oosterhuis retired from broadcasting following the 2014 PGA Championship due to health concerns stemming from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Oosterhuis called the action at Augusta National's par 4 17th hole for 18 straight years from 1997 through 2014.


Oosterhuis lives in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States with his second wife, Ruth Ann. He is a member of the Quail Hollow Golf Club there. His son Rob is also a professional golfer.

In May 2015, Oosterhuis announced that he is battling early-onset Alzheimer's disease.[19]

Amateur winsEdit

Professional wins (27)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 2 Aug 1981 Canadian Open −4 (69-69-72-70=280) 1 stroke   Bruce Lietzke,   Jack Nicklaus,
  Andy North

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1974 Monsanto Open   Lee Elder Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole

European Tour wins (7)Edit

Viyella PGA Championships (1)
Other European Tour (6)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 13 May 1972 Penfold-Bournemouth Tournament +1 (72-70-72-71=285) Playoff   Christy O'Connor Jnr
2 28 Apr 1973 Piccadilly Medal −6 (67) 6 strokes   Terry Westbrook
3 3 Jun 1973 French Open −4 (75-69-68-68=280) 1 stroke   Tony Jacklin
4 25 Aug 1973 Viyella PGA Championship −4 (69-69-70-72=280) 3 strokes   Dale Hayes,   Donald Swaelens
5 5 May 1974 French Open (2) +4 (71-72-68-73=284) 2 strokes   Peter Townsend
6 20 Oct 1974 Italian Open −2 (37-72-70-70=249)* 2 strokes   Dale Hayes
7 26 Oct 1974 El Paraiso Open −4 (69-69-74=212) Playoff   Manuel Ballesteros

*Note: The 1974 Italian Open was shortened to 63 holes due to fog.

European Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1972 Penfold-Bournemouth Tournament   Christy O'Connor Jnr Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1974 German Open   Simon Owen Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 1974 El Paraiso Open   Manuel Ballesteros Won with birdie on first extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 19 Dec 1971 Rhodesian Dunlop Masters −16 (68-67-69-68=272) 3 strokes   Tienie Britz
2 5 Mar 1972 Glen Anil Classic −15 (68-66-67-72=273) Playoff   Hugh Baiocchi
3 27 Jan 1973 Rothmans International Matchplay 6 & 5   Gary Player

Sunshine Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1972 Glen Anil Classic   Hugh Baiocchi Won with birdie on second extra hole

European circuit wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 22 May 1971 Agfa-Gevaert Tournament 68-67-69-72=276 2 strokes   Brian Barnes,   David Huish
2 29 Jun 1971 Sunbeam Electric Tournament 67-65=132 4 strokes   Peter Thomson
3 14 Aug 1971 Piccadilly Medal Walk-over in the final   Eric Brown

South African circuit wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
Runner-up Ref
1 14 Feb 1970 General Motors Open 70-65-75-75=285 2 strokes   Gary Player [20]
2 20 Feb 1971 Transvaal Open 70-70-67-72=279 6 strokes   Graham Henning [21]
3 6 Mar 1971 Schoeman Park Open 67-67-65-68=267 3 strokes   John Bland [22]

Caribbean Tour wins (1)Edit

Other wins (9)Edit

This list may be incomplete.

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1968 1969
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT T38 T3 T31 CUT T23 T46 T14 T34
U.S. Open T7 T55 T10 T27
The Open Championship T6 T18 T28 T18 2 T7 T42 6 T41
PGA Championship T40 T38 T26
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
Masters Tournament T24 T20 CUT
U.S. Open T30 T50 T25 56 69
The Open Championship T23 CUT T2 CUT
PGA Championship CUT CUT T22 T47 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1981 Open Championship)
"T" indicates a tie for a place


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 1 1 1 5 12 9
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 2 3 9 9
The Open Championship 0 2 0 2 5 8 15 11
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 5
Totals 0 2 1 3 8 17 44 34
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (1975 U.S. Open – 1980 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1975 U.S. Open – 1975 Open Championship)

Team appearancesEdit




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  5. ^ "Devlin ways away unchallenged with £23,060 first prize". The Glasgow Herald. 21 September 1970. p. 5.
  6. ^ "Player tops British earnings list". The Glasgow Herald. 6 November 1971. p. 4.
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  21. ^ "Johannesburg, Feb 21". The Times. 22 February 1971. p. 7.
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  24. ^ "Raleigh win for Oosterhuis". The Glasgow Herald. 22 January 1974. p. 4.

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