Africa title for ex-Open champ Louis

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Louis Oosthuizen won the Africa Open by two shots from fellow South African Tjaart van der Walt in East London this afternoon.

The two players shared the overnight lead, but a six-under-par round of 67 gave defending champion Oosthuizen the title.

The former Open champion birdied the par-three 17th, Van der Walt making bogey at the same hole, to settle the tussle.

Oosthuizen shot an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys today to finish with a four-round total of 25 under par.

Van der Walt started the final day impressively with birdies in his first three holes, but he picked up only two more birdies and a bogey to go round in 69.

Retief Goosen finished in third place, three shots off the lead on 24 under, after he also finished with a 69.

Goosen carded a birdie and an eagle in his opening three holes, but his challenge faded and he picked up just two more birdies and a bogey.

A fourth South African, Jaco van Zyl, finished fourth on 23 under, while Scotland’s Alastair Forsyth was fifth one shot further back after a closing round of 67.

Sheffield’s Danny Willett could only manage a 73 to finish seventh on 19 under.

Oosthuizen admitted he knew his final-round battle with Van der Walt would not be an easy one.

“It was a real dogfight for most of the day,” Oosthuizen said: “He played really well. He’s one of those who won’t go away. ”