OOSTHUIZEN EARNS CONVINCING WIN AT MALAYSIAN OPEN

OOSTHUIZEN EARNS CONVINCING WIN AT MALAYSIAN OPEN

2012-04-16

Observers wondered how Louis Oosthuizen would respond to his playoff defeat to Bubba Watson at the Masters. Answer: He put Augusta in the rear-view mirror by jetting halfway across the world to compete in the Maybank Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur G&CC. The 30-hour journey was time well spent, as he came away with a three-shot victory, his second of the season. He was the only player with four rounds in the 60s (66-68-69-68), winning at 17 under in the stifling heat and humidity of a tournament twice delayed by storms.

It was the third strong performance in a row for the 29-year-old. Previous to last week's runner-up at the Masters, he finished third behind winner Hunter Mahan at the Shell Houston Open. He won earlier this year when he successfully defended his title at the Africa Open. His fifth European Tour victory was the 10th of his career.

"It was a long journey to get here and I have to be honest and say that I didn't expect to play this well because of the tiredness," Oosthuizen said. "To win means a lot because I have been playing well for the last few weeks now and to win gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season."

Oosthuizen relied on a Rapture V2 driver (9°), S56 irons (3-9), Tour-S Rustique wedges (47°, 54°, 60°TS), and a Scottsdale Series ZB S putter (34").