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Oosthuizen retains Africa Open title

Updated: Sunday, 08 Jan 2012 16:26

Louis Oosthuizen made the perfect start to 2012 as he won the Africa Open for a second consecutive year
Louis Oosthuizen made the perfect start to 2012 as he won the Africa Open for a second consecutive year

Louis Oosthuizen won the Africa Open by two shots from fellow South African Tjaart van der Walt in East London this afternoon.

The two players shared the overnight lead, but a six-under-par round of 67 gave defending champion Oosthuizen the title.

The former Open champion birdied the par-three 17th, Van der Walt making bogey at the same hole, to settle the tussle.

Oosthuizen shot an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys today to finish with a four-round total of 25 under par.

Van der Walt started the final day impressively with birdies in his first three holes, but he picked up only two more birdies and a bogey to go round in 69.

Retief Goosen finished in third place, three shots off the lead on 24 under, after he also finished with a 69.

Goosen carded a birdie and an eagle in his opening three holes, but his challenge faded and he picked up just two more birdies and a bogey.

A fourth South African, Jaco van Zyl, finished fourth on 23 under, while Scotland's Alastair Forsyth was fifth one shot further back after a closing round of 67.

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