Peter Oosterhuis

Peter Oosterhuis (6 Ryder Cup's)

1948

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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]