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Oosthuizen can't hold back the tears as he finally wins home Open

Oosthuizen can’t hold back the tears as he finally wins home Open

An emotional Louis Oosthuizen at last got over the line at the South African Open, while there was an unfortunate case of bad timing for Madalitso Muthiya
 

What happened at the South African Open?

Louis Oosthuizen won his country’s national title and one of the oldest championships in golf at the 115th South African Open.

The home favourite already had a Claret Jug to his name and had claimed four of his eight European Tour victories in South Africa, but a national Open was still missing from the 36-year-old’s CV.

Related: Final South African Open leaderboard
Related: What’s in Oosthuizen’s winning bag?

Oosthuizen started the final day with a three-shot lead but instantly put himself under pressure with back-to-back bogeys at the 2nd and 3rd.

A birdie spree followed, with four gains before the turn, an eagle at 14 and one last birdie at 16. He bogeyed 17 but by then it was all over. Oosthuizen finished six clear of runner-up Romain Langasque.

Oliver Wilson was the best-placed Briton, finishing in a tie for 3rd with Charl Schwartzel, Thomas Aiken and Bryce Easton.

Last week’s winner, Kurt Kitayama, finished in a share for 15th alongside Matt Wallace, who slumped to a 3-over 74 on Sunday to fall back to 8-under for the championship.

Talking point

It was a double disaster for Madalitso Muthiya. The Zimbabwe native was leading by two shots during Friday’s second round when he came up short at the par-3 5th.

He took out a fairway wood from the fringe in an attempt to save par. Here’s what happened next:

The double hit resulted in a one-stroke penalty and a double bogey.

But what makes this saga really crushing for Muthiya is that it came just three weeks before the rules on double hits changes. From January 1, under the changes to the Rules of Golf, players will not be penalised if a double hit occurs.

Talk about bad timing.

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