Oosthuizen cruises to six-shot win in South Africa
Louis Oosthuizen ended a 33-month winless run by securing victory at the South African Open for the first time on Sunday with a six-shot victory at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg.
The 36-year-old South African closed with a four-under-par 67, shrugging off a poor start to eagle the 14th and finish at 18-under, well clear of runner-up Romain Langasque from France.
The 2010 Open champion last tasted victory on the European Tour was in 2016 when he won the Perth International in Western Australia.
“I wish the family was here,” said Oosthuizen, who fought tears just off the 18th green.
“The crowd was great this whole week. It was nice to do it for them. I knew today was either going to be very special or heartbreaking.”
Louis Oosthuizen (Credit: European Tour)
“I know there’s only a few that have won the [British] Open and the SA Open so I’m very chuffed to have my name on this. This feels very special. This is perfect.”
The victory was Oosthuizen’s ninth of his European Tour career. Five of his nine European Tour titles have been on home soil.
Oosthuizen now joins Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Bob Charles, Ernie Els and Henrik Stenson as the only players to win The Open and South African Open.
WITB – Louis Oosthuizen
- Titleist Pro V1x Golf Ball
- FootJoy Pro SL Shoes
- Ping G400 LST Driver (10º)
- TaylorMade M4 Fairway (15º)
- Ping Blueprint Prototype Irons (3-PW)
- Ping Glide Forged Wedges (50º, 56º, 60º)
- Ping Prototype PLD Voss Putter
Oosthuizen went into the final day with a three-shot lead that quickly became one, when he bogeyed two of the first three holes. He then bounced back with a string of birdies to end the final day with a 67 for a comfortable victory.
The win will propel Oosthuizen‚ South Africa’s highest ranked golfer‚ well inside the top-30 in the world.
Four players shared 3rd position at 10-under, locals Thomas Aiken, Bryce Easton, Charl Schwartzel and England’s Oliver Wilson. David Gleeson was the best of the Australians finishing in a share of 65th position at 3-over.
Queensland’s David Gleeson was the only Australian to make the cut in a share of 65th place.
Australian Open runner-up, Dimi Papadatos, joined Nick Cullen, European Tour rookie Deyen Lawson and Jake Higginbottom in missing the cut.
The European Tour now heads to the €1,500,000 Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club, east of Johannesburg, for the final tournament of the year.