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Oosthuizen defends Volvo Golf Champions title

Final Round –European Tour – Volvo Golf Champions – Durban Country Club – Durban, South Africa –

With birdies on the final two holes at Durban Country Club, Louis Oosthuizen defended his title at the European Tour’s Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa.

Oosthuizen (12-under overall) edged fellow South African Branden Grace by a shot Sunday to win his seventh career European Tour title. He carded a 68 in the final round bouncing back from his third-round struggles.

Overnight leader Tommy Fleetwood, 22, shot 72 to slip back. He finished T-3 alongside Joost Luiten. Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington rallied with a 5-under-67 Sunday to end up T-5. He was fourth here a year ago.

Oosthuizen, a former Open Championship victor, struggled last season with injuries starting just 15 tournaments and making 10 cuts. He ended up 47th on the Money List.

Other Golf News:

  • Rickie Fowler, now under new coach Butch Harmon’s help, tees it up next week at the Humana Challenge in Southern California near Palm Springs.
  • Oosthuizen was a 12-1 pick this week to win the Volvo Golf Champions this week at Skybet.com. His back continues to be an issue, Oosthuizen said, during his post-win press conference.
  • Chris Kirk, at 12-under, takes the overnight lead into the final round of the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii. The leader board is bunched at the top opening the door for a number of players to capture the title including Harris English and last week’s champion Zach Johnson.