Date: February 28, 2016
Author: Tom Fee

Louis flys high in Perth

Louis Oosthuizen has secured a win in his maiden trip to Australia, taking out the ISPS Handa Perth International by one shot at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Oosthuizen held on to his lead despite many spirited challenges from the chasing pack. His final round 71 was just enough as Alexander Levy of France surged with a final round of 66 to finish a shot back.

Jason Scrivener, one part of WA’s great hopes for the event, finished third on 14-under. Scrivener had local hearts a flutter early as he joined Oosthuizen in the lead on the seventh hole after starting the day four shots back.

Bogeys for Scrivener on 9 and 10 derailed the local's hopes as Oosthuizen made his move, but Scrivener closed with birdies on 17 and 18 to earn his highest European Tour finish.

Fellow West Aussie Brett Rumford also impressed as he earned his highest European Tour finish in his return from injury in early 2015. Rumford placed seventh at 11-under par, while Peter Senior continued to perform at his vintage best to finish on 9-under par to make it three Australians in the top 10.

Oosthuizen's win today continued an impressive European Tour season for South African and Australian golfers. Nine of eleven events this season have been won by golfers from these two countries, and the South African was obviously delighted to contribute to this run.

“It's been two years since I won, so it's great to be back in the winning circle’ said Oosthuizen.

“To do it here, I really enjoyed Perth this week, and like I said, I think next time I come, I'll try and bring the family with. It's a great spot. Love the golf course. So this is a very special win for me.”

The world number 21 hopes this momentum continues to the United States, where he will commence his 2016 tour campaign.

“It's important to know that you can still win events, and not get too far from winning tournaments or too long from winning tournaments,” said Oosthuizen.

“It's great for the season going forward. My PGA Tour season starts next week with Doral, so it's a great foundation to start the season on.“