Peter Oosterhuis

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Peter Oosterhuis
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1948-05-03) 3 May 1948 (age 74)
London, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
Nationality  England
Residence Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Turned professional 1968
Former tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 18
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
European Tour 7
Other 10
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T3: 1973
U.S. Open T7: 1975
The Open Championship 2nd/T2: 1974, 1982
PGA Championship T22: 1982
Achievements and awards
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year

Peter Arthur Oosterhuis (born 3 May 1948) is an English professional golfer and golf analyst.

Early years, amateur golf

Oosterhuis was born in London and educated at Dulwich College. Before turning professional, he represented Great Britain in the 1967 Walker Cup and in the 1968 Eisenhower Trophy.

European Tour

He played on the European Tour in the early years of his professional career, and won four consecutive Order of Merit titles from 1971 to 1974. He was also the leading money winner in 1972 and 1974 (the two did not necessarily coincide at that time, because the Order of Merit was based on a points system).

PGA Tour

Oosterhuis then moved to the U.S.-based PGA Tour, which he played full-time from 1975 until 1986, winning the Canadian Open in 1981. In all he collected 20 victories worldwide. He was the runner-up in The Open Championship in 1974 and 1982, and in 1973 led The Masters after three rounds before finishing third. He also led The Open Championship after the first round in 1975 before finishing tied for seventh, just three shots off the lead.

Ryder Cup

Oosterhuis played on six consecutive Ryder Cup teams for Great Britain or Europe from 1971 to 1981. His notable Ryder Cup singles victories include wins over Arnold Palmer and Johnny Miller.

Club professional

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 career

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

In 1997, Oosterhuis joined of the CBS Sports announce team part time, working five events including the Masters and the PGA Championship. In 1998, he joined the CBS golf team full-time. Oosterhuis also has has 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 for CBS part-time, again calling around 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 17th hole for 18 consecutive years from 1997 through 2014.


Oosterhuis lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States with his wife, Ruth Ann. He is a member of the Quail Hollow Golf Club in that city.

In May 2015, Oosterhuis announced that he was battling early-onset Alzheimer's disease.[1]

Amateur wins

  • 1966 Berkshire Trophy

Professional wins (18)

European Tour wins (7)

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

European Tour playoff record (2–1)

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

PGA Tour wins (1)

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

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

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

Other wins (10)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP CUT T38 T3 T31 CUT T23 T46 T14 T34
The Open Championship T6 T18 T28 T18 2 T7 T42 DNP 6 T41
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T40 T38 DNP T26 DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T24 T20 CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP T30 T50 T25 56 69
The Open Championship T23 CUT T2 CUT DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT CUT T22 T47 CUT DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1981 Open Championship)
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


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 appearances




  1. Menta, Nick (29 June 2015). "Oosterhuis announces he has Alzheimer's disease". Golf Channel.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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