Oosthuizen clinches victory by one shot as he holds his nerve
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.