Oosthuizen Returns to Winning Ways

Louis Oosthuizen with the ISPS Handa Perth International trophy. Picture by SMP Images/IMG Media/PGA Media
Louis Oosthuizen with the ISPS Handa Perth International trophy. Picture by SMP Images/IMG Media/PGA Media

Perth, Australia: South African Louis Oosthuizen proved unstoppable as he closed with a final round one-under-par 71 to clinch the A$1.75 million ISPS Handa Perth International.

Despite spirited challenges from France’s Alexander Levy and Australian Jason Scrivener, Oosthuizen kept his composure to win by one shot at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Levy signed off with a 66 to take second place while Scrivener was outright third on 274 – two strokes behind Oosthuizen. Singapore’s Mardan Mamat was the leading player from the Asian Tour after carding a 71 to take sole possession of eighth place on 278.

Victory was especially sweet for Oosthuizen as his win marked his return to the winner’s circle after two years. The 2010 Open Championship winner was making his first professional appearance in Australia.

“It’s been two years since I won, so it’s great to be back in the winning circle. And to do it here in Perth is really special. It’s important to know that you can still win events, and not get too far from winning tournaments or too long from winning tournaments. This will be great for my season going forward,” said Oosthuizen. 

“I don’t change my gameplan. I do what I think is best with each shot, where I give myself the best birdie opportunity.  You get nervous, but you feed off that. It’s great to be nervous with three holes to go in a tournament because it means you’re up there somewhere. 

“You’ve got a chance of winning it.  That’s what we do all the hard work for. To try and get into that position and it’s a great feeling to be able to do that and win a tournament,” he added.

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