Louis Oosthuizen wins Perth International

The South African finished one clear of Alexander Levy of France

Louis Oosthuizen wins Perth International
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South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen held strong in the final round at Lake Karrinyup to win the ISPS HANDA Perth International by a single shot from Frenchman Alexander Levy.

Louis Oosthuizen took a three shot lead into the last day, but his advantage was quickly reduced after he made a bogey on the second hole and both Peter Uihlein and Jason Scrivener picked up shots.

Australia’s Scrivener tied the South African at the top of the board with a fine up-and-down from sand on the 7th hole, but Oosthuizen struck back with a birdie of his own on the par-5.

A further birdie on the 8th gave the 2010 Open Champion a comfortable cushion and he maintained his position at the head of the field through the back nine.

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Although Alexander Levy of France made a late charge to post a clubhouse total of 15-under-par, Oosthuizen retained control and was able to cruise home to post a 71 and win by a shot.

3 Talking points from the ISPS HANDA Perth International

1 – Louis Oosthuizen claimed his eighth European Tour title and should move into the top-20 on the Official World Golf Ranking. He has reclaimed fourth place from Branden Grace on the list of most prolific South African winners on the European Tour. This win is the sixth by a South African player in the first 11 events of the 2016 European Tour.

Oosthuizen is feeling positive as the year’s first Major looms on the horizon. "This is a great start building up towards Augusta. I'll take a lot out of this week and things that we've done," he said.

2 – It was a superb week for French players. Alexander Levy closed with a great round of 66 to claim second place on his own, but four further Frenchmen finished in the top-10. Gregory Bourdy was tied for fourth with Peter Uihlein of the USA, Romain Watell was sixth while Benjamin Hebert and Julien Quesne finished tied for ninth.

Alexander Levy swing sequence:

3 – For Alexander Levy, this event could mark a turning point. It was the Frenchman’s first top-10 finish since the Nordea Masters last June. In 2014 he was a two-time winner on the European Tour and finished in the top-10 on the Race to Dubai rankings. When he gets on a roll, he can play some sparkling golf so look out for Levy to feature over the coming weeks.

ISPA HANDA Perth International Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, Australia Feb 25-28 Purse €1,120,000, par 72

1    Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)    70    64    67    71    272    €186,760 2    Alexander Levy (Fra)    70    67    70    66    273    €124,507 3    Jason Scrivener (Aus)    69    67    69    69    274    €70,149 T4    Gregory Bourdy (Fra)    73    71    65    66    275    €51,771 T4    Peter Uihlein (USA)    65    68    71    71    275    €51,771 6    Romain Wattel (Fra)    66    73    65    72    276    €39,221 7    Brett Rumford (Aus)    68    65    73    71    277    €33,618 8    Mardan Mamat (Sin)    69    69    69    71    278    €28,015 T9    Magnus Carlsson (Swe)    68    71    71    69    279    €20,432 T9    Benjamin Hebert (Fra)    70    70    68    71    279    €20,432 T9    Mikko Korhonen (Fin)    71    70    66    72    279    €20,432 T9    David Lipsky (USA)    72    67    72    68    279    €20,432 T9    Julien Quesne (Fra)    73    69    69    68    279    €20,432 T9    Peter Senior (Aus)    69    73    66    71    279    €20,432

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

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