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Oosthuizen atones for Masters loss with Malaysia win



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Sports Network) - It didn't take long for Louis Oosthuizen to get over the playoff loss to Bubba Watson at the Masters.

Just one week after his second at Augusta National, Oosthuizen posted a final- round, four-under 68 on Sunday to cruise to victory at the Malaysian Open. He finished at 17-under 271 and won by three strokes at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

It was Oosthuizen's fifth European Tour victory. His biggest win was the 2010 Open Championship, but he's also captured the last two Africa Opens, including this year's staging.

Stephen Gallacher carded a two-under 70 to finish second at minus-14.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello (71), Danny Willett (71) and David Lipsky (70) shared third place at 12-under 276.

Oosthuizen's close friend Charl Schwartzel would've placed the green jacket on his buddy had Oosthuizen won last week, but it didn't work out. The 2011 Masters champion posted a four-under 68 on Sunday to take sixth at 11-under par.

The third round was completed Sunday morning, after delays on Friday and Saturday set the tournament back. After the third round was polished off, the players went right back out in the same pairings and the championship ended in an Oosthuizen victory.

It's been an arduous couple of weeks for Oosthuizen.

In addition to losing the playoff at the Masters, Oosthuizen had the 54-hole lead at the Houston Open on the PGA Tour the week before, but was beaten out in the final round by Hunter Mahan.

After his third in Houston and second at Augusta National, Oosthuizen spanned 12 time zones and 10,000 miles in a trip that took 30 hours to Kuala Lumpur. Then, he had to wait out two significant weather delays to finally get the win.

"I thought I was going to be a lot more tired," said Oosthuizen. "I played well. I had a good week last week and I'm looking forward to the U.S. Open."

Oosthuizen barely escaped the third round with the lead. He played eight holes in even-par on Sunday and was caught late in the third round by Gallacher, but a bogey at the 17th by the Scotsman in round three allowed Oosthuizen to take a one-stroke cushion into the final round.

Oosthuizen extended his margin with a birdie at the par-five third and both he and Gallacher birdied the par-five fifth, although Oosthuizen had 15 feet for eagle. Oosthuizen tripped to a bogey at the sixth, but reclaimed his two-shot lead with a birdie at No. 7.

Gallacher birdied the 10th to cut the gap to a single stroke, but Oosthuizen doubled his lead three holes later after he drained a 10-footer for birdie.

Oosthuizen appeared headed for trouble at the par-four 16th. His drive nearly landed in water, but he took advantage of the good break and pitched his second to a foot. Oosthuizen tapped in for birdie and a three-shot lead with two to play.

He parred his last two for the much-deserved victory.

Last year's winner Matteo Manassero shot a final-round, three-under 69 and shared seventh with world No. 7 Martin Kaymer (71), Romain Wattel (71) and Hennie Otto (72). The group finished at nine-under 279.

NOTES: Oosthuizen pocketed 314,700 euros for the win...His first European Tour victory came at the 2010 Open de Andalucia...He joined Braden Grace as two-time winners this season on the European Tour...Next week is the China Open, which was won last year by Nicolas Colsaerts.

04/15 11:59:54 ET


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