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King Louis reigns in Perth

South African claims eighth European Tour title at Lake Karrinyup Country Club

The World Number 21 came into the final day with a three-shot lead and, while he was briefly caught on the front nine, the South African cruised to a closing 71 to finish on 16 under, one shot ahead of Frenchman Alexander Levy and eased to victory at the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

Local favourite Jason Scrivener had been the man to rein in Oosthuizen earlier and he signed for a 69 to finish third, with Grégory Bourdy and Peter Uihlein a further shot back on 13 under.

The win sees the 2010 Open Championship winner move ahead of countryman Branden Grace and back into fourth place for South African wins on the European Tour, and makes it six wins in 11 events for the Rainbow Nation this season.

“I missed the greens on the second and third and was a little rattled after that but I settled in nicely and went back to just hitting greens and giving myself opportunities,” he said.

“I had a good stretch seven through to 12 and settled myself there and left myself with a vicious first putt on the last but luckily I had three.

“I love Perth and the golf course. It’s somewhere I would love to come back to. It’s a great course to play.

It’s been two years since I had a win so this is massive for me going into the season” said Louis Oosthuizen. 

“This is a great start building up towards Augusta. I’ll take a lot out of this week and things that we’ve done.”

Oosthuizen saw his three-shot overnight lead quickly cut to one thanks to a bogey on the second as Scrivener and American Uihlein made early gains, with France’s Romain Wattel holing a brilliant putt for eagle on the third.

Scrivener briefly had a share of the lead as he got up-and-down from a bunker on the seventh but Oosthuizen repeated the trick from the same hazard just minutes later to get his nose back in front.

That birdie seemed to spur the 33 year old on and he put his tee-shot on the par three next to seven feet and rolled in the putt to get to 16 under.

That was enough for a three-shot lead when Scrivener left his par putt on the ninth short but Uihlein, after brushing the hole on numerous occasions, got one to drop for a birdie and the gap was two at the turn, but Scrivener, Uihlein and Wattel all saw their challenges fade down the back nine.

 

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