Former British Open golf champion Louis Oosthuizen ended a two-year wait for a title after claiming the Perth International on Sunday. Overnight leader Oosthuizen overcame a nervous start at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club to post a final round of 72 as he edged out Frenchman Alexander Levy by just one shot with a 16-under-par total.
The 33-year-old South African was making his first ever tournament appearance in Australia but he was not deterred by unfamiliar territory following three superb rounds which put him three strokes ahead of the pack going into the final the day. Oosthuizen, who has also posted a runner up finish in the US Masters golf tournament, bogeyed the second hole but rallied at the 7th and 8th and hardly looked troubled thereafter as he closed out his 13th professional victory.
“I missed the second and third greens and was a sort of little rattled after that,” Oosthuizen said. “I settled in nicely and got back to hitting greens and giving myself opportunities. Then I had a good stretch from holes seven through to 12, although I did leave myself with a vicious first putt on the last [from 50 feet] but luckily I had three so could afford the bogey. I love Perth and the golf course. It’s somewhere I would love to come back to. It’s a great course to play.”
Levy was his closest challenger but even his stunning 66 was not enough for a playoff as he settled for second place. Home favourite Jason Scrivener snatched third after a final round of 69 while Peter Uihlein and France’s Gregory Bourdy shared fourth spot after contrasting fortunes on the final day. It was also a fruitful finish to the tournament for Magnus Carlsson, David Lipsky and Julien Quesne, who all broke 70 to finish in a tie for ninth.