Hole In One – Oosthuizen Opens Season with Win – By Sam Duffy

Louis Oosthuizen has started 2013 where he left off in 2012, with a dramatic one-shot victory at The Volvo Golf Championships in Durban.

The South African saw off the challenge of Scotsman Scott Jamieson as the world number six finished on sixteen under par, one better than the Scot. One shot further back was Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.

However, it was all not plain sailing for Oosthuizen as he was trailing by five shots going into the last round. Despite this though, he held his nerve and saw off the rest of the field with a final round 66.

Jamieson held the commanding lead after the third round and looked odds on to clinch his second victory on the European Tour within the last six months, after victory in the same city in the Nelson Mandela Championships.

Even after losing his lead, with just the par four eighteenth to play, Jamieson was two shots behind local favourite Oosthuizen.

Victory looked even bleaker after he smashed his drive off the tee into the trees, but then, a stunning second pitched on the front edge of the green before missing the hole by an inch, handing the victory to an overjoyed Oosthuizen.

Other players that showed promise through the week included fourth place Padraig Harrington, Englishman Paul Casey and Ryder Cup hero Francesco Molinari.

Also in the field were potential Ryder Cup captains Thomas Bjorn and Colin Montgomerie and winning captain Jose Maria Olazabel who will be enjoying a more relaxed start to the year unlike the pressures of the last twelve months.

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