Oosthuizen storms to Open win
South African clinches title in seven strokes for total score of 272 at St Andrews.
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2010 20:30 GMT
 Crowds cheered loudly when Louis Oosthuizen won by a wide margin [AFP]

South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen has clinched his first major title by seven stokes on the famed Old Course at the Open tournament in Britain.

Oosthuizen had missed the cut in all three of his previous Opens, but he was in top form on Sunday, outperforming a star-studded cast.

He started the day four clear and finished with a 71 for a 16-under total of 272.

The 27-year-old sank a short putt for par on the 18th hole and took off his cap to acknowledge the thunderous applause from the crowd in St Andrews, Scotland, the home of golf.

Golf Open score card

Final round scores from the Open at the par-72 Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland on Sunday

272    Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)
279     Lee Westwood (Britain)       
280    Rory McIlroy (Britain)            
         Henrik Stenson (Sweden)           
         Paul Casey (Britain)             
 281   Retief Goosen (South Africa)    
 282   Robert Rock (Britain)           
         Sean O'Hair                      
         Nick Watney                      
         Martin Kaymer (Germany)        283   Alvaro Quiros (Spain)        
         Jeff Overton                  
         Luke Donald (Britain)        
 284   Rickie Fowler                 
         Tom Lehman                       
         Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)  
         Ignacio Garrido (Spain)         
         a-Jin Jeong (South Korea)      
         Robert Karlsson (Sweden)       
         Sergio Garcia (Spain)           
         J.B. Holmes      

"It's unbelievable. After the 12th hole it actually become difficult having such a big lead, to keep calm and I'm glad I had those [spare] shots on 18 because I cramped a little with the putter," Oosthuizen told the BBC. 

"It's just amazing."

Lee Westwood of England emerged from the pack to finish second with a two under 70, putting him on 279.

Rory McIlroy came in just behind Westwood in joint third. He had led the event after the opening round.

Oosthuizen's playing partner Paul Casey, also of Britain, finished in a tie for third place.

One name not among the top finishers though was Tiger Woods.

The world number one could not pull his game together and finished three-under par to tie for 23rd place.

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