Louis Oosthuizen, the No. 11 player in the world golf rankings and winner of the 2010 British Open, joined Sergio Garcia among today’s high-profile commitments to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Garcia, the 2001 Colonial champ, is No. 21 in the latest world rankings. The addition of both players means the Colonial field will feature three of the top 15 golfers in the world rankings _ as well as 10 of the top 30 _ for the May 21-27 event, based on current commitments.
Bill Haas, the No. 19 player in the world rankings and winner of the 2011 FedEx Cup, added his name to the Colonial commitment list earlier this week, along with Brian Gay.
Oosthuizen, 29, will be making his Colonial debut. A native of South Africa, Oosthuizen narrowly missed claiming his second major title earlier this month when he lost to Bubba Watson in a playoff at the Masters. Oosthuizen ranks 16th on the PGA Tour’s season money list ($1,462,839), with four top 25 finishes in six events. A nine-time winner of international events, Oosthuizen also finished third at the Shell Houston Open.
Garcia, 32, finished 12th at the Masters. He has made the cut in all six tour events he has entered this season and ranks 57th on the money list with $622,825. His best finish this season was a tie for fourth at the Northern Trust Open.
_ Jimmy Burch