Oosthuizen clinches vic­tory by one shot as he holds his nerve

The Herald - Herald Sport - - UPDATE - BRUCE LANG­HAM

LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN, the overnight leader, held his nerve to se­cure a one-shot vic­tory in the ISPS HANDA Perth In­ter­na­tional af­ter a fi­nal-round 71 at Lake Kar­rinyup Coun­try Club.

The 33-year-old world No. 21 took a third-round three-shot lead into the fi­nal day be­fore he fin­ished on 16 un­der, one shot ahead of French­man Alexan­der Levy – with three birdies and a bo­gey ei­ther end of his round – to claim his eighth Euro­pean Tour ti­tle.

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

Oosthuizen rued his poor start but was de­lighted to claim his first win since the Volvo Golf Cham­pi­ons in 2014.

He said: “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. 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. I’m fly­ing tonight and play­ing Do­ral next week so, hope­fully, I can take a lot out of this and play well.”

Lo­cal favourite Ja­son Scrivener carded 69 to fin­ish third, with French­man Gre­gory Bourdy and Peter Uih­lein of Amer­ica a fur­ther shot back on 13 un­der.

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

South African-born Scrivener had a brief share of the lead af­ter some trou­ble from a bunker on the sev­enth but Oosthuizen re­peated the trick from the same haz­ard to get back in front.

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

The chal­lenges of Scrivener, Uih­lein and Wat­tel faded down the back nine.

Levy hit a bril­liant se­cond into the 18th to set up a birdie and card a 66 leav­ing Oosthuizen with a two-shot lead to pro­tect up the stretch, which he did with a sin­gle bo­gey on the last.

Al­lianz EurOpen Stras­bourg 2010 win­ner Wat­tel fin­ished 12 un­der, a shot clear of Perth na­tive Brett Rum­ford.

Aberdeen’s Jackie Lock­hart and Perth’s Gor­don Muir­head will rep­re­sent Scot­land at the World Se­niors Cham­pi­onship in Swe­den in April af­ter win­ning yes­ter­day’s Scot­tish fi­nals in Hamil­ton,

Lock­hart can now bid to add to her 2002 world ti­tle af­ter com­plet­ing a near-per­fect se­niors de­but, win­ning all eight matches this week and sign­ing off with a 6-3 vic­tory over Bor­ders skip Gwen Pren­tice who had ended Kay Gibb’s ti­tle de­fence in yes­ter­day’s semi-fi­nals.

Muir­head suc­cess­fully re­tained his men’s crown by beat­ing Ayr’s Billy Howat 5-3, and Eve’s dad will now join his fa­mous daugh­ter in chas­ing world gold this spring.

Daniel Purvis has the world at his feet in 2016 but it does not mean he ig­nores his do­mes­tic du­ties,

The Olympic bronze medal­list won the all-around ti­tle at the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onships at the Bell’s Sports Cen­tre in Perth for a third suc­ces­sive year.

In his first com­pe­ti­tion of a year which he hopes will peak at Rio 2016, he clearly felt good to be work­ing on his rou­tines in a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment af­ter scor­ing a fi­nal to­tal of 85.735 points.

“This was my first com­pe­ti­tion of the year, it feels re­ally good to get out there and put your hand up,” he said. “It was great to test out a cou­ple things and ready to kick of the year. I was re­ally happy with my par­al­lel bars, it was a bit hit and miss with a cou­ple of new skills but man­aged to pull it off so it has given me a lot of con­fi­dence go­ing in to the rest of the year.”

Purvis went on to claim three ti­tles in the in­di­vid­ual ap­pa­ra­tus fi­nals in Perth, win­ning the pom­mels (14.850), the high bar (14.700) and the par­al­lel bars (15.300).City of Glas­gow’s Cara Kennedy won the women’s all-around ti­tle for the first time with a to­tal of 50.150.

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