Oosthuizen ticks a big box with SA Open victory

He made a ropey start, but then showed immense class to finally claim the elusive local title.

Louis Oosthuizen ticked off a massive item on his wishlist when he conquered Randpark Golf Club to win the South African Open on Sunday, the man who celebrated his 36th birthday in October firing a classy 67 in the final round to finish on 18-under-par, six strokes clear of his nearest challenger.

Oosthuizen ticks a big box with SA Open victory
Oosthuizen ticks a big box with SA Open victory

Oosthuizen ticks a big box with SA Open victory

He made a ropey start, but then showed immense class to finally claim the elusive local title.

Oosthuizen keeps himself out of trouble

Oosthuizen keeps himself out of trouble

And goes into the final round of the SA Open still holding a decent lead.
Els shows he still has what it takes on family day

Els shows he still has what it takes on family day

The Big Easy completed a superb third round at the SA Open and, to make it just that more special, he did so with his nephew as playing partner.
Schwartzel goes nuclear in galloping to SA Open lead

Schwartzel goes nuclear in galloping to SA Open lead

The 34-year-old once again shows his pedigree, but now he needs to find the consistency to build on this platform.
Getting the wedges close all that was missing for Grace

Getting the wedges close all that was missing for Grace

His great mate, co-leader Louis Oosthuizen, certainly won’t be resting on his laurels.
Huge field vying for glory at SA Open

Huge field vying for glory at SA Open

A whopping 240 players will converge on Randpark’s two courses as the world’s second oldest national open.
A win at Randpark would put Oosthuizen in elite company

A win at Randpark would put Oosthuizen in elite company

And a fine showing at the Nedbank Challenge suggests South Africa’s 36th world ranked player might very much be in contention.
Schwartzel wants to end the hurt

Schwartzel wants to end the hurt

He’s fallen agonisingly short twice in the South African Open. It’s time to change that.
I played some good golf, says Louis Oosthuizen

I played some good golf, says Louis Oosthuizen

Despite bowing the knee to a brilliant Lee Westwood, South Africa’s leading man in this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge certainly could look back fondly at his efforts.
Home comforts bring out the best in Schwartzel

Home comforts bring out the best in Schwartzel

2012’s runner-up at Africa’s Major makes a fine start to finish joint second after the opening round, positively influencing his good friend Louis Oosthuizen too.
Nedbank challengers have one common message

Nedbank challengers have one common message

The Gary Player Country Club is undoubtedly the trickiest course the heavyweights at Africa’s Major encounter all year.
Five South Africans to look out for at Sun City

Five South Africans to look out for at Sun City

These are the men that could lead the local charge at this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge, Africa’s Major.
‘Blind’ Van Rooyen the flag-bearer for SA in Turkey

‘Blind’ Van Rooyen the flag-bearer for SA in Turkey

The 28-year-old starts the Turkish Open in fine style, despite not having played a practice round.
Brandon Stone: Put me in front of the cameras!

Brandon Stone: Put me in front of the cameras!

The 25-year-old has had an excellent year, predominantly because he responds so well under pressure.
We want a Tiger, says beaming Player over Soweto revamp

We want a Tiger, says beaming Player over Soweto revamp

The South African golfing legend, who designed the Country Club originally, refurbished it at no cost,
Randpark lands SA Open

Randpark lands SA Open

As a result, the Joburg Open falls away as the Sunshine Tour tries to ‘lessen the burden’ on fatigued players.
Big names penned for Sun City

Big names penned for Sun City

Specifically, Lee Westwood returns to a tournament he dominated with his victories in 2010 and 2011.
Two legends, Protea and Bok, show off silky tee skills

Two legends, Protea and Bok, show off silky tee skills

Jacques Kallis and Fourie du Preez were considered peerless on cricket and rugby fields. Now they’re pretty damn good golfers too.
In-form Stone wants to keep it local at Nedbank Challenge

In-form Stone wants to keep it local at Nedbank Challenge

The 25-year-old wants to emulate Branden Grace in being a local winner of Africa’s major.
Rising Stone tops the list of SA performers at PGA Championship

Rising Stone tops the list of SA performers at PGA Championship

But the local drought in golfing majors continues.
SA’s challenge at PGA Championship holds steady

SA’s challenge at PGA Championship holds steady

Charl Schwartzel continued his impressive form at Bellerive but youngsters Branden Grace and Dylan Frittelli have also avoided the predictable fade of recent years.
SA’s army of six at golf’s final major of the year

SA’s army of six at golf’s final major of the year

Familiar faces headline local golf’s challenge at this weekend’s PGA Championship.
WATCH: Zander Lombard’s incredible eagle at The Open

WATCH: Zander Lombard’s incredible eagle at The Open

The South African jokingly told his caddie: ‘Let’s have a finish for the crowds at least.’
Van Rooyen, Lombard lead SA’s charge at Open weekend

Van Rooyen, Lombard lead SA’s charge at Open weekend

12 representatives have been whittled down to five but it’s far from doom and gloom.
SA’s ‘no-name brands’ fly the flag high at The Open

SA’s ‘no-name brands’ fly the flag high at The Open

The rather un-fancied duo of Zander Lombard and Erik van Rooyen put the bigger names to shame in finishing the first round at Carnoustie in joint second place.
Meet SA’s amateur at The Open … and Ernie Els’ nephew

Meet SA’s amateur at The Open … and Ernie Els’ nephew

It will be a family affair of sorts at Carnoustie.

 

 

 

 

 

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