Oosthuizen out of Grand Slam

2010-10-13 09:33

Florida - Reigning British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa has withdrawn from next week's Grand Slam of Golf and been replaced by David Toms, the PGA of America said on Tuesday.

Oosthuizen, who won his first major title last July at St. Andrews, damaged ligaments on the outside of his left ankle while at home and was forced to withdraw from last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews.

The 28th annual event, designed as a four-man showdown between the year's major champions, will be staged October 19-20 at Port Royal in Southampton, Bermuda, with only two of this year's major winners.

US Open champion Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer of Germany will be joined by Toms, who won his lone major title at the 2001 PGA Championship, and three-time major winner Ernie Els.

South African veteran Els earlier replaced Masters champion Phil Mickelson, who was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and decided to rest and spend time with his wife Amy, who is battling cancer.

Toms, whose lone prior Grand Slam appearance came in 2001, kept the field from lacking an American entrant for the first time since 1994.

Until last year, the event had not featured all four major winners since 2004, but this is the first time in two decades that the event has had two alternates when four different players won a major crown in the same year.