Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

Louis Oosthuizen shrugs off niggling injuries to maintain home record

January 12, 2014 -- Updated 1903 GMT (0303 HKT)
Louis Oosthuzen shows off the winning trophy after the South African won the European Tour event in Durban.
Louis Oosthuzen shows off the winning trophy after the South African won the European Tour event in Durban.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Louis Oosthuizen wins Volvo Golf Champions event in South Africa
  • Successfully defends title in Durban
  • Birdies four og the last six holes to pip compatriot Branden Grace
  • Oosthuizen won British Open at St Andrews in 2010

(CNN) -- Louis Oosthuizen successfully defended his Volvo Golf Champions title in Durban Sunday despite still feeling the effect of injuries which have derailed his career.

The South African won the 2010 British Open at St Andrews and lost a playoff to Bubba Watson at the 2012 U.S. Masters but injuries ruined his challenge in the majors last season.

All that was forgotten as he won on home soil for the fourth year running and extended his record of claiming a title on the European Tour every year for the last five.

A run of four birdies in the last six holes saw him card a final round 68 for 12-under, one shot clear of compatriot Branden Grace and two ahead of Dutchman Joost Luiten and third round leader Tommy Fleetwood of England.

Favorite final round moments at Masters
Rio 2016 boosts Latin golf
90-year-old golfer still going strong

Oosthuizen is hoping he can take a well-deserved break and go into the first major of the season in Augusta in good shape.

Read: Fleetwood leads the way in Durban

"I've got three weeks now that I really need to work on my back," Oosthuizen told the official European Tour website.

"It's still not 100 per cent. Luckily this week I didn't have to hit a lot of drivers, but once I get to Augusta I need to hit driver," he added.

Grace birdied the final hole to put Oosthuizen under pressure, but he responded superbly with two birdies of his own to finish.

"I saw that Branden had made birdie on 18 so I knew that second shot was crucial to give myself a good opportunity and I hit it really close," he said.

Read: Why Louis won't be one major wonder

"And then 18, everyone thinks you just need to make a birdie but around that green it's not easy and luckily I was far enough past where I could pitch it back into the grain and get it close."

Behind the title contenders, Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who has not won on the European Tour since his 2008 U.S. PGA triumph, came through the field with a 67 to finish tied fifth at nine under.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
October 13, 2014 -- Updated 1449 GMT (2249 HKT)
There have been many dark days for Oliver Wilson, but golf's unluckiest loser is finally riding an upward swing of his career roller coaster.
October 7, 2014 -- Updated 1648 GMT (0048 HKT)
They dress like it's the 1930s and they swing antique equipment that eschews cutting-edge technology -- this is hickory golf.
September 15, 2014 -- Updated 1609 GMT (0009 HKT)
CNN's Living Golf focuses on women's golf, charting the growth of the sport from royal pastime to multi-million dollar machine.
October 1, 2014 -- Updated 0846 GMT (1646 HKT)
"I don't know how to paint happy," says golf's poster girl Michelle Wie. "I think it releases a lot of the darker feelings in me."
September 29, 2014 -- Updated 1213 GMT (2013 HKT)
Phil Mickelson of the United States talks during a press conference after the United States were defeated by Europe after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.
If you're a U.S. golf fan, or Tom Watson, look away now.
September 25, 2014 -- Updated 2318 GMT (0718 HKT)
A ban on uploading social media pictures from the course at Gleneagles was dropped for the Ryder Cup.
September 24, 2014 -- Updated 1052 GMT (1852 HKT)
A spot of shopping, the odd spa day and some serious flag waving. Welcome to the life of a Ryder Cup WAG.
September 23, 2014 -- Updated 1301 GMT (2101 HKT)
Tom Watson has learned plenty in the 21 years since he was last U.S. Ryder Cup captain, but social media is proving to be problematic.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 1243 GMT (2043 HKT)
Patriotism will reach fever pitch when the USA and Europe collide in golf's Ryder Cup ... and it looks like Rickie Fowler has let it go to his head.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 1342 GMT (2142 HKT)
Pressure is inescapable in the cauldron of Ryder Cup competition -- pressure and ping pong.
September 23, 2014 -- Updated 1150 GMT (1950 HKT)
Millions of golf fans were watching on television with great anticipation. All Martin Kaymer could think about was getting his phone out.
ADVERTISEMENT