Oosthuizen wins Malaysian Open

Louis Oosthuizen shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the Malaysian Open, providing some consolation for losing the Masters in a playoff the previous week.

The South African golfer finished with a total of 17-under 271, winning by three strokes from Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, who shot a 70 in the final round.

Los Angeles native David Lipsky, a rookie on the Asian Tour this year, shot a 70 and finished in third place a further shot back alongside Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Danny Willett, who both shot 71.

Finishing his weather delayed third round early in the day with a 69, Oosthuizen took a one-shot lead into the fourth round at 13 under. He was briefly tied with Willett at 14 under, but the Englishman found water at the fifth hole and ran up a triple bogey.

The 31-year-old Oosthuizen completed the victory a week after losing a playoff at the Masters to Bubba Watson and then having to endure a 30-hour journey from Georgia to Malaysia.

”I was a little surprised to win here after that,” he said. ”I thought I would be a lot more tired. My golf was a bit up and down in the morning at the end of the third round but I settled down and played well later.”