Oosthuizen wins Augusta’s Par Three

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Louis Oosthuizen, who squeezed into the Masters with a win in Spain two weeks ago, has now won at Augusta.

Louis Oosthuizen, who squeezed into the Masters with a win in Spain two weeks ago, on Wednesday won at Augusta National.

But his victory came in the nine-hole, pre-Masters warm-up tournament, The Par Three – an event not everyone wants to win because of the jinx associated with it.

Until now, no one who has won the Par Three has ever gone on to win the Masters in the same week.

Oosthuizen became the third successive South African winner of the Par Three, but he must now try to make some history that neither they, nor anyone else has been able to achieve.

After Rory Sabbatini and Tim Clark took the title with five-under par 22s in 2008 and 2009 respectively, Oosthuizen went one better and was only one shot outside the all-time record.

He finished two ahead of Italy’s 16-year-old British Amateur champion Matteo Manassero, Korean KJ Choi and Americans David Duval and Jerry Pate.

Tiger Woods did not take part, but Graeme McDowell was glad he did – he and Jim Furyk had the only holes-in-one of the day on the 135-yard last.

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