Oosthuizen Rules Down Under

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen should play down under more often. In his first tournament in Australia, the 33-year-old won his first European Tour title in more than two years, a 1-stroke victory over France’s Alexander Levy.

“It’s been two years since I had a win so this is massive for me going into the season,” Oosthuizen said. “This is a great start building up towards Augusta. I’ll take a lot of this week and things that we’ve done.”

It’s his 13th professional win and eighth on the European Tour, the first since taking the Volvo Golf Champions in January of 2014. He had to sweat it out as his 71 on Sunday was the worst round of the tournament for him as he wound up at 70-64-67-71 – 272.

Levy fired a 66 on Sunday, including 5-under on the back nine after really hurting himself with a double-bogey 6 on No. 6. The front nine vexed the Frenchman all weekend. He was 1-over on the front nine for the tournament and 16-under on the back nine.

Local favorite Jason Scrivener had a chance to make a push on Sunday as well, at 14-under through eight holes, only to hit back-to-back bogeys at the turn. He rallied bravely, with three birdies down the stretch, but another bogey on No. 16 killed his chances and he finished two strokes back.

Oosthuizen really took command of the tournament in the middle rounds as he fired an 8-under 64 on Friday and a 5-under 67 on Saturday, piling up 15 birdies in the span of 33 holes.

After not having a tournament in 2015, the Perth International returned for its fourth installment. Thorbjorn Olesen was the previous champion and also edged a Frenchman, in his case Victor Dubuisson by three strokes.

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