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Louis Oosthuizen repels Alexander Levy charge to win Perth International

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa poses with the trophy after winning the 2016 Perth International
Image: Louis Oosthuizen ended a two-year title drought in Perth

Louis Oosthuizen held off Alexander Levy by one shot to secure a battling victory at the Perth International on Sunday.


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The former Open champion, who led by three strokes going into the final round, finished with a 16-under total of 272 in the tournament sanctioned by the European and Australasian PGA Tours.

Frenchman Levy fell just short after a stunning 66, followed by Australian Jason Scrivener, whose 69 left him in third place, two strokes behind.

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Highlights from the final round of the Perth International from Lake Karrinyup Country Club

American Peter Uihlein (71) and France's Gregory Bourdy (66) tied for fourth spot, three behind Oosthuizen.

Local favourite Jason Scrivener tied the 33-year-old South African for the lead briefly but Oosthuizen regained his sole possession of top spot after consecutive birdies on the seventh and eighth.

The world No 21 admitted he was nervous after his false start but regained control to end a two-year title drought at the £900,000 event, making it six victories in 11 events for South African golfers this season.

Louis Oosthuizen saw his lead cut from three to one in the final stages
Image: South Africa's Oosthuizen saw his lead cut from three shots to one in the final stages

"I missed the second and third greens and was a sort of little rattled after that," Oosthuizen said. "I settled in nicely and got back to hitting greens and giving myself opportunities.

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"I love Perth and the golf course. It's somewhere I would love to come back to. It's a great course to play.

"Then I had a good stretch from holes seven through to 12, although I did leave myself with a vicious first putt on the last [from 50 feet] but luckily I had three so could afford the bogey."

Levy's closing round contained an impressive eight birdies but was marred by a double-bogey on the sixth, meaning Oosthuizen had a two-shot advantage heading into the final hole and his bogey was still good enough to see him home.

Alexander Levy of France plays his second shot on the 15th hole during day four of the 2016 Perth International
Image: Alexander Levy pushed Oosthuizen all the way in Perth

"The greens firmed out a little so you needed to look at your speeds carefully and the lines changed quite a bit," added Oosthuizen, who said he stayed up late to watch the Stormers defeat Bulls in their opening Super Rugby fixture but fell asleep when they were winning with five minutes to go.

"So it was slightly different but still good."

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