36 year old Oosthuizen overcame a slow start to his final round to eventually win the South African Open at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg by six over Frenchman Romain Langasque with South Africans Thomas Aiken, Bryce Easton and Charl Schwartzel being joined by England’s Oliver Wilson in a share of 3rd place.
Langasque, Schwartzel and Wilson earned the three spots available form this event for the 2019 Open Championship, this event being one of the Open Qualifying Series.
For Oosthuizen, the seven shot winner of the 2010 Open Championship and runner-up at one other Open and the Masters, the victory is his first since the 2016 Perth International in February of 2016.
“I wish the family was here,” Oosthuizen told European Tour as he struggled to fight back the tears on the 18th green. “The crowd was great this whole week, it was nice to do it for them.
“It’s always tough when you’ve been through some stuff and the people who have been behind you are not here to celebrate with you. My wife and kids have been phenomenal. It would’ve been great to have them here with me
“I knew today was either going to be very special or heartbreaking. I know there's only a few that have won The Open and the SA Open so I'm very chuffed to have my name on this.
“We had a tough start today and my caddie just told me, 'you're swinging it well, just go for it'. I just got back to basics, to try and hit fairways and greens. I know I'm putting well, I just needed to give myself putting opportunities for birdie.
“This feels very special. This is perfect.”
Former Australian Amateur Champion, David Gleeson, was the only Australian to make the cut in the event, the Asian Tour player finishing well back in 65th place.
Australian Open runner-up, Dimi Papadatos, and recent European Tour graduates Nick Cullen and Deyen Lawson were the other Australians to play the event but they missed the cut.
Next week's Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek brings to an end the European Tour events in 2018.
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