King Louis reigns supreme
Last updated: 14th January 2013
Louis Oosthuizen overturned a five-shot deficit to storm to a one-shot win at the Volvo Golf Champions in Durban.
Starting Sunday five shots adrift of overnight leader Scott Jamieson, the South African carded a six-under-par 66 - the joint-lowest final round score - to claim his sixth European Tour victory.
"It was great. Starting five shots behind meant I had no real pressure. So I went out to see if I could make loads of birdies. I got to 9 and saw I was one behind, and the fans really got into it. By 12 I was leading by one and it was great to see the home fans so pumped up about it"" said Oosthuizen.
He added: "I felt really uncomfortable on the course in the third round. My swing felt so unstable. On the final day I knew if I could get close to Scott I'd have a chance. I wanted to get to 18 under because I thought that would do it, but in the end I bogeyed 16 and then made two good pars on 17 and 18."
Jamieson, meanwhile, is the first player to lose a five-shot 54-hole lead on the Euro Tour since Hennie Otto at the 2008 Madeira Islands Open.
"I'm extremely disappointed just to come up one shot shy after I had umpteen chances out there," the Scott said. "But he's a good player. He's a Major champion."
Oosthuizen made his move quite early in the day as he picked up birdies in two of his first three holes before adding two more shots at the sixth and eighth.
He continued his hot streak at the par-fives 10th and 14th, but then dropped a shot at the 16th after he was unable to get the ball up-and-down from a bunker.
The victory takes the 2010 Open champion to a career-high fourth in the world rankings.
"It's a great start and I can only build from here. Now I've just got a few more to go on the world rankings," Oosthuizen said.
Jamieson, winner of Nelson Mandela Championship in December, finished with a level par while Thongchai Jaidee from Thailand was third and Ireland's Padraig Harrington fourth.
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