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Oosthuizen leads SA quartet to make BMW Championship cut

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South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen
South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen
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Four South Africans have made the cut for the PGA Tour's penultimate playoff event, the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields CC.

Only the Top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings advanced through to Illinois this week.

SA's top-ranked golfer Louis Oosthuizen is 11th on the FedEx Cup standings after a superb season.

The 2010 Open Championship winner came close to securing three major titles this year as he finished tied for third at last month's Open and runner-up at the PGA Championship and US Open.

Oosthuizen did not compete in last week's Northern Trust PGA event as he is nursing a back injury.

However, the world number seven is in the field this week and will tee off in Thursday's opening round.

Erik van Rooyen played his way into the BMW Championship with a seventh solo finish at the Northern Trust event at Liberty National.

On Sunday, Van Rooyen quadruple-bogeyed the par-3 11th hole but rebounded with an eagle and birdie for a one-over 72 to finish 14-under.

Van Rooyen clinched his maiden PGA Tour title last month at the Barracuda Championship, and his seventh spot finish saw him move from 76th to 45th in the FedEx Cup.

"Really happy to go to BMW, obviously. That was the goal. But poor day. I hit it really bad, to be honest," Van Rooyen said on Sunday.

Branden Grace currently sits 51st in the FedEx Cup standings despite missing the weekend cut in New Jersey on Sunday.

In February, the 33-year-old claimed his second PGA Tour victory at the Puerto Rico Open and has since had a stellar year.

In his 18 tournaments in 2021, Grace has three top 10 finishes, including a tied for a second at this month's Wyndham Championship.

Charl Schwartzel is 62nd on the FedEx Cup standings despite missing the cut in New Jersey.

The 2011 Masters champion has had a great season thus far after bouncing back from injuries.

Schwartzel started the year with a 219th world ranking but has played himself back into form to rank 79th.

In May, he finished tied for second at the 3M Open and a tied for third at the Byron Nelson.

Only the top 30 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings will advance to next week's Tour Championship at East Lake.

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