The South African finished second at two of this year's majors.

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Louis Oosthuizen signs new PING deal

Louis Oosthuizen has signed a new deal with PING, which will see him continue to use their clubs and wear their apparel.

The South African has performed well with PING’s backing this year, recording six top 10s. Among them was his play-off defeat to Zach Johnson at the Open in July.

The new agreement means Oosthuizen will wear a PING hat, use a PING bag and have a minimum of 11 of their clubs in his bag.

He said: “I’ve used PING equipment since I was a teenager.

“From the time I started playing their clubs, I knew they were the best fit for my game, and I believe that now more than ever with the success I’ve had on the European and PGA tours.

“So much of golf comes down to confidence, and I’ve always trusted that PING’s technology is the best and it keeps getting better and better. I’m excited to see what comes next.”

The 32-year-old didn’t finish outside the top 30 at any of the four majors this year. As well as his play-off defeat at St Andrews, he also finished T2 at the US Open at Chambers Bay.

John A. Solheim, PING Chairman and CEO, said: “Louis has a beautiful, fluid swing we’d all love to have; it is widely regarded as one of the best on tour.

“On top of it, he has one of the most recognisable smiles in the game, and his easygoing nature makes him a fan favourite. Most important to his success, he’s remarkably consistent.

“Because of that, he has been among golf’s top players for several years and we’re proud to continue our long-standing relationship with someone who represents PING so well across the world.”

Oosthuizen was in the field for the Tour Championship this week, but withdrew yesterday with a hamstring problem.