Oosthuizen captures comeback win in Durban|
Durban, South Africa (Sports Network) - Louis Oosthuizen fired a 6-under 66
on Sunday and stormed back to win the Volvo Golf Champions by a single shot.
Oosthuizen entered Sunday five strokes off Scott Jamieson's pace, but the 2010
Open champion carded seven birdies against a single bogey and tied for the low
round of the day en route to his sixth European Tour victory. He closed at 16-
Jamieson stumbled to even-par in his final round, which included a costly
double-bogey, and finished alone in second place at 15-under. First-round
leader Thongchai Jaidee carded a 68 at Durban Country Club and placed third at
Oosthuizen parred the last to establish a two-shot lead over Jamieson, who
still had one hole to play. Needing an eagle, Jamieson sailed his first shot
on the short par-4 18th long and left of the green. He then sent a deft chip
straight at the cup, but the ball came to rest an inch short of the hole,
allowing Oosthuizen to breathe a sigh of relief.
"Louis is a Major champion - there's no shame in losing to him," said
Jamieson. "I gave it my all, but it wasn't to be."
Despite the Sunday setback, Jamieson has enjoyed a sparkling start to the 2013
campaign. He picked up his first European Tour victory here in Durban at the
Nelson Mandela Championship in early December and followed a week later with a
tie for third place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. With Sunday's result,
the Scot has now finished in the top 3 at all three events this season.
Padraig Harrington shot 68 and took fourth place at 12-under, while Julien
Quesne (71) and Danny Willett (68) tied for fifth at 11-under. Defending
champion Branden Grace (67) and former Open champion Paul Lawrie (69) tied
for seventh at minus-10 and Nicolas Colsaerts (68) highlighted a large group
knotted in ninth at 9-under.
It was an up-and-down weekend for Oosthuizen, who matched Jamieson for the low
round on Friday with a 64 before slipping to a 74 on Saturday to fall five
On Sunday, Jamieson maintained that advantage through his opening four holes.
Then, on No. 5, the Scot drove into the bushes and was forced to return to the
tee. He eventually settled for double-bogey, allowing Oosthuizen to move
within three strokes.
"The double bogey was a kick in the stones, to put it politely, but I had tons
of chances and couldn't take them," Jamieson admitted.
As Jamieson embarked on a lengthy par stretch, Oosthuizen continued to heat
The South African recorded birdies on Nos. 6 and 8 to close his outward nine
just one stroke off the pace. He pulled even with Jamieson with a tap-in
birdie on the par-5 10th, and moved in front on the next hole when he drained
another birdie putt from just outside 10 feet.
Oosthuizen went up by two shots with another birdie on No. 14, then gave a
stroke back when he missed a 3-foot par putt and settled for bogey on the
Jamieson couldn't capitalize, however, as he sent his approach into a bunker
and also bogeyed No. 16 to stay two strokes back. Oosthuizen then parred the
last two holes and hung on courtesy of Jamieson's narrow eagle miss on the
"Yesterday my swing felt long and loose; I couldn't fix it on the golf course
for some reason," said Oosthuizen. "Today I went out with a lot more
concentration ... and I hit the ball beautiful."
NOTES: Sunday's result marked the first time Oosthuizen won on the European
Tour when he trailed entering the final round ... After recording a birdie at
No. 4, Jamieson went 13 straight holes without picking up another birdie ...
Grace recorded rounds of 67, 69, 67 after opening with a 3-over 75 ... The
field included the first two winners of the 2013 campaign, every winner
from the 2012 European Tour International Schedule, past champions of the
event, and golfers with 10 or more European Tour victories.
01/13 11:35:50 ET