Golf: Oosthuizen up to fourth in world with one-shot Durban win

Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:28pm EST
 
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By Michael Todt

DURBAN (Reuters) - World number six Louis Oosthuizen fired a six-under-par 66 to overhaul third-round leader Scott Jamieson and clinch the Volvo Golf Champions by one shot on Sunday, a victory that will move him to fourth in the rankings.

Jamieson had held a five-stroke advantage after 54 holes but seven birdies from the 2010 British Open champion Oosthuizen gave him a sixth European Tour win on 16-under 272 ahead of Briton Jamieson (72), who nearly holed a chip at the 18th to force a playoff.

Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (68) sealed third place a shot further back while triple major winner Padraig Harrington (68) finished fourth on 12-under.

Oosthuizen, who yesterday surrendered the lead as he struggled to a 74, birdied two of the first three holes to put the pressure on Jamieson.

Further birdies at the sixth and eighth holes rounded off an outward nine of 32 and he had reduced the deficit to one by the turn.

Birdies at the 10th and 11th holes propelled him into the lead, and despite bogeying the par-four 16th after finding the greenside bunker, Oosthuizen's two-putt pars at the 17th and 18th holes were enough to clinch victory.

"I played the complete opposite of what I did yesterday," the 30-year-old, who will move to a career-high fourth place in the rankings released on Monday, told reporters.

"Yesterday I felt really uncomfortable - my swing felt long and unstable. This morning I worked on a few things on the range and put my head down. I knew if I could just put a score up there, or just get close to Scott, that I had a good chance."   Continued...