South African Louis Oosthuizen has won the ISPS Handa Perth International firing 1-under 71 in the final round to take the trophy by one shot over Frenchman Alexander Levy.
First round wrap courtesy of the PGA of Australia.
It is the first win for Oosthuizen in two years, his eighth on the European Tour and his 13th in his professional career.
“This win means a lot, it’s been two years since I had a win last, I came close a few times last year and want to stay in the winning circle, you want to keep that feeling of what it feels like to win,” Oosthuizen said.
Full Scores: ISPS HANDA Perth International
A nervous start for Oosthuizen saw him bogey the second hole before birdies on the 7th and 8th holes saw him settle into his game.
“I started really nervous this morning. I didn’t feel like I hit any bad shots but I got the wind wrong on the second and hit it two yards too far on the third and ended up going 1-over through three holes so I needed to settle in and then during the middle of the round I played nicely,” Oosthuizen said.
A less than ideal green position on the 18th saw Oosthuizen finish his round with a bogey but when the putt sank it was still met with a large cheer from the watching crowd and a fist pump from the man himself.
Oosthuizen was full of praise for the Lake Karrinyup Country Club and said his mates Ernie Els and Ian Baker-Finch had been right when they said it would be a place he would enjoy.
“They (Els and Baker-Finch) told me I was going to love the golf course and I do. It’s such a great track and it’s one of my favourites so I’ll definitely be coming back,” Oosthuizen said.
“There were a lot of South Africans out there and a few brought me some Biltong which was nice as well. The Australian fans were a big boost as well this week,” he continued.
West Australian Jason Scrivener was the highest placed Australian in the field. At one point he was tied for first with Oosthuizen before a couple of bogeys in the middle of his round saw him finish in third outright with a final score of 14-under.
“I think it’s just the more times you put yourself in that position, the more comfortable you get. Hong Kong last year was a big learning curve for me and a big confidence booster, and same with this. The more times I can do it, the better,” Scrivener said.
Thanks to his results this week, Scrivener has secured a start in the True Thailand Classic next week, a start he would not have previously had based on his category on the European Tour.
The PGA Tour of Australasia will now travel to Remuera Golf Club in Auckland, New Zealand for the Holden NZ PGA Championship from the 3-6 March.