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Oosthuizen beats Wood in play-off for Africa Open win

Final-round leaderboard:
-16 C Wood (Eng), M Quiros (Spn), L Oosthuizen (SA)
Oosthuizen wins at first play-off hole
-15 S O'Hara (Sco), C Schwartzel (SA), J Van Zyl (SA) -14 R Dinwiddie (Eng)
Selected others:-13 M Tunnicliff (Eng) -12 M Nixon (Eng) -11 A Marshall (Eng), R McGowan (Eng) -8 D Clarke (NI)


Louis Oosthuizen
Oosthuizen is back to form after an ankle injury late last year

Open champion Louis Oosthuizen held his nerve in a three-way play-off with England's Chris Wood and Spain's Manuel Quiros to clinch the Africa Open.

Oosthuizen, the leader going into the final round, proved strongest after the trio finished on 16 under.

Wood set the early clubhouse mark with a round of 68 while Quiros birdied the last three holes for the same total.

Oosthuizen eagled the 15th to draw level but missed chances for an outright win at his last three holes.

However, he holed from 15 feet for birdie on the first extra hole, the par-four 18th, to clinch a third European Tour win while his rivals, who were both chasing their first tour wins, could only manage pars.

Wood, 23, who was the top amateur at the 2008 Open at Royal Birkdale where he finished fifth, had started the day two shots off the lead held by Oosthuizen and Austria's Markus Brier.

The Bristol player led for a large part this afternoon but had to watch agonisingly as Quiros closed with three consecutive birdies to join him on 16-under 276 after a round of 69 and then see Oosthuizen's eagle put him back in contention.

And although the South African, who is ranked 21 in the world, had the worst drive of the trio in the play-off, his second shot landed in the best position - Wood was more than 20 feet from the hole, while Quiros was just off the green.

Both missed their attempts which meant less pressure for the golfer from Mossel Bay and he made full use to win in what was his debut in the co-sanctioned European and Sunshine Tour event.

"The whole day was a bit of a struggle," Oosthuizen said. "I didn't get anything in the hole and made that putt on 15 which helped.

"Then I made this one [in the play-off] which was nice. I hit a terrible tee shot and then hit a full go sand-wedge to get close. Then I made the putt, it was great.

"It's been one of those weeks where the putter was very cold, but my caddie kept me calm and said it would go in eventually.

"So I kept on trying and made that nice one on the last which I will remember. It's always nice playing in South Africa and you want to perform."



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