Louis makes no mistake this time
Louis Oosthuizen has finally ended his wait for a European Tour title with a four-shot victory in the Andalucia Open.
No amount of noisy parakeets, overhead jets or sunbathing nudists nearby could distract Louis Oosthuizen from finally claiming his first European Tour title on Sunday.
A week after losing a three-shot lead and having his fourth runners-up finish the cool and composed 27-year-old South African lifted the Andalucian Open in Malaga by three shots from Scot Peter Whiteford and England’s Richard Finch.
The victory lifts Oosthuizen back into the world’s top 50 just in time to earn him a second successive trip to The Masters which he described as, “Unbelievable – that was my goal two months ago.”
After dropping to 75th in the rankings he then came second and third in successive weeks in his home country, but even last weekend’s near-miss left him almost certainly having to win at the Parador course to make it to Augusta.
Oosthuizen did it in impressive fashion, taking over at the top with a second day 63 and closing with rounds of 66 and 67 for a 17-under aggregate of 263.
After being drenched in champagne by fellow countryman Thomas Aiken and then kissing his wife and three-month-old daughter, Jana, he added: “I was quite nervous down the stretch and very nervous on the 18th tee.
“I was hitting the ball well, so just decided to hit it as hard as I could.”
It went down the middle and set him up for an easy par – his uneeded birdie putt stopped on the front lip of the hole.
As for not letting another victory chance go begging the former amateur team-mate of current European Tour number one Charl Schwartzel stated: “I knew I was good enough to win.
“Now I want to stay in the top 50 and be competitive every time I play.”
After three birdies on the first five holes Oosthuizen, had opened the gap, but a three-putt bogey at the 409-yard seventh gave the chasing pack hope.
Whiteford, never higher than sixth in 52 previous Tour events, suddenly emerged as the biggest threat thanks to five birdies in eight holes around the turn.
The 29-year-old from Kirkcaldy, forced to switch to his reserve driver when his favourite was stolen from his bag before the third round, had a chance to move only one behind when he hit a superb approach to 12 feet on the long 14th.
But he missed that and when he three-putted the next for bogey it made life a lot easier for Oosthuizen to regally cruise home to the big break-through he has been waiting for.
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