CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier Classic added another former major winner to its field Wednesday with the commitment of 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.
Later Wednesday night, the Classic's Twitter site announced the addition of 2011 FedExCup winner Bill Haas.
"It's fantastic," said Greenbrier Classic tournament director Monte Ortel. "It's something that we've been pushing for. We've been talking to [Oosthuizen] and have made several phone calls, making sure it fits his schedule and his family's schedule. It goes back to our whole philosophy of being a family-friendly event, the family vacationing while the dad works. That's something that we've been pushing."
A native of Mossel Bay, South Africa, Oosthuizen splits time between the PGA and European PGA tours. He most recently competed in the U.S. Open at Merion, Pa., but withdrew prior to the start of the second round after straining a hip flexor during the opening round in which he fired a 5-over-par 75.
Ortel said the 30-year-old Oosthuizen has been cleared to return to the course and is eager to fine-tune his game in preparation for the British Open Championship July 14-21 at Muirfield.
"[The commitment] also plays into the fact that he wants to get ready for the Open Championship in a couple weeks," said Ortel. "With the course we have, it's a great way to prepare for that."
Oosthuizen sits 10th in the World Golf Ranking and 141st in the PGA Tour's FedExCup standings. The victory at the British remains his only PGA Tour win, but he does have a pair of second-place finishes and 22 top-25s in 61 career starts. His best showing this year was a 10th at the Shell Houston Open in March. He has played only nine PGA Tour events in 2013.
Oosthuizen has enjoyed more success across the pond, where he is ranked 16th on the European Tour and owns one victory this year, at the Volvo Golf Champions in January. He owns six career European Tour wins and has made the cut in 147 of 216 career starts.
Other than his 2010 British Open victory, Oosthuizen's best finish in a major was as runner-up in the 2012 Masters after losing a sudden-death playoff to Bubba Watson.