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Another kind of slam: South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen closing in second place in every major

  • South Africa’ Louis Oosthuizen reacts after missing a putt on the 17th during a playoff after the final round at the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    South Africa’ Louis Oosthuizen reacts after missing a putt on the 17th during a playoff after the final round at the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australia’s Marc Leishman after finishing the the final round at the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Australia’s Marc Leishman after finishing the the final round at the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)  (The Associated Press)

Louis Oosthuizen is closing in on a career Grand Slam of sorts.

One he'd rather not have.

For the third time in his career — and second time in a month — the South African was runner-up in a major championship. This time, it's the British Open, where he lost to Zach Johnson in a playoff Monday evening.

Australian Marc Leishman also got in the four-hole playoff. A bogey at No. 1 essentially ended his chances.

Oosthuizen took it right to the end, misreading putts on the final two holes — one from 5 feet, the other from 12 — that could have forced sudden death with Johnson.

Oosthuizen has now finished second in every major except the PGA Championship, to go with a British Open win in 2010.