SOUTH AFRICA’S Louis Oosthuizen has won on debut in Australia, cruising to victory at the 2016 ISPS Handa Perth International by one shot over Frenchman Alexander Levy.
Oosthuizen shot a 1-under 71 in the final round at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club to finish on 16-under and end a two year winless international drought.
It was his eighth European Tour win on 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, adding that Ian Baker-Finch and Ernie Els had recommended the event.
“They (Ells 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,” he 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.
“My PGA TOUR season is basically starting next week in Doral so it will give me a massive boost to go there and to know that I’m hitting the ball well but I am going to be a bit jetlagged I know that but you know I’m looking forwarad to the rest of the season.”
“It’s a great tournament, my first time in Australia and I must say I think next time I will bring the whole family because I’ve had a great time in Perth and it’s a place I look forward to coming back to.”
Louis Oosthuizen winner’s media conference: Video
Scrivener highest ranked Aussie
Aussie Jason Scrivener drained a 60 foot birdie putt on his final hole to finish outright third on 14-under, just two behind the winner, and a stroke behind runner-up Levy (66).
It was a significant result for the 26-year-old who is competing on the European Tour for the second year after re-securing his status at Qualifying School. It was his best finish since tying for third at the Hong Kong Open last year.
“I think it’s just the more times you put yourself in that position, the more comfortable you get” said Scrivener.
“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.”
“Just walking up the last, I said to my caddie, ‘it’s so difficult to win a golf tournament, because you can play so well for a week and just have a few mistakes and it will cost you the tournament.’ You’ve got to put four really good rounds together and I feel like I’m pretty close to that.”Perth International Results