Louis Oosthuizen is part of LIV Golf. He knew that such a decision could bring consequences, and one of the consequences is the impossibility of participating in the Presidents Cup. Louis isn't happy about it, but it's too late now.
'There's a lot of pangs about missing next week,' Oosthuizen said via Sports Illustrated, as quoted by mirror. Although Jay Monahan talked about the consequences, Louis stressed that he was not aware of any consequences.
'I thought by resigning my membership before I did anything wrong really... there's no rule that says I need to be a PGA Tour member to play the Presidents Cup, especially as an International team player. I didn't think I did anything wrong.
I made my decision where I am playing golf. But I didn't do anything wrong while I was a PGA Tour member. I was a bit disappointed in the decision that I was on the list not being able to play.' All of this does not mean that he will not support his former team.
'I will be rooting 150 percent for the International team,' he said. 'It's always been one of my favorite weeks of the year. It's a bit of a punch in the gut not to be able to play that. More so, not being able to be one of the players who is with a South African captain.'
The biggest pity is that he will not have the opportunity to play with the captain of the team, Trevor Immelman. 'I feel the most bad for Trev,' said Oosthuizen. 'Trevor's a good friend.
We text each other. He knew my decision beforehand. But still, it sucks. I wanted to play for him. He's going to be a great captain. He was a co-captain last time around with Ernie [Els]. It just sucks that I can't be around to try and do anything for the team.'
However, Oosthuizen confirmed that he was thinking about his decision and that he knew what the consequences could be. 'I was wavering because of that,' said Oosthuizen. 'The biggest thing for me was playing the majors.
We're not going to get world ranking points and that's an issue. There are attempts to try and get them but I will probably move out of the top 50 at the end of this year and won't be able to play the majors next year.
Hopefully I'll still be able to play in The Open [as a past champion]. That's the thing. I still have a lot of drive to play major golf. I did make my decision and in the back of my mind I was knowing there would be a possibility of not being able to play in the majors.'