The T-shirts summed it up. Four fans stood shoulder-to-shoulder behind the 18th green on Sunday watching Louis Oosthuizen while wearing loud, matching shirts that spelled out the message, “All Hail King Louis.” In fact, the South African did reign, successfully defending his Africa Open title in his home country by two shots at 27 under. The win was highlighted by a second-round 62 at the 6,691-yard East London Golf Club in East London, South Africa.
Despite the 62 and making 28 birdies with two eagles for the week, Oosthuizen’s ninth career win was hard earned. He called the final round “a dog fight,” with the lead switching hands numerous times. Tied on the 71st hole, Oosthuizen rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt while his playing competitor bogeyed, giving him what proved to be his winning cushion.
Oosthuizen continued what has been torrid play in recent months. He has finished no lower than eighth in his last six starts, and is a combined 93-under-par over those events. But winning in his homeland (69-62-67-67) was his crowning achievement. “It’s always nice playing in front of home crowds,” said the 29-year-old. “And to win in my first tournament of the year, you can’t ask for better.”
In his PING Tour Staff bag: a Rapture V2 9-degree driver, S56 irons, Tour-S Rustique wedges (47º, 54º, 60º), and a Scottsdale ZB S putter.
PING Pros Peter Karmis and Matthew Baldwin (a European Tour rookie) finished T10.