South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen closed with a superb 66 at Durban Country Club to win the Volvo Golf Champions by a single shot from Scott Jamieson of Scotland.

Oosthuizen began the final round five shots behind the Scot, but he applied the pressure early with a string of birdies on the front nine. Jamieson couldn’t respond and the South African was able to claim a sixth European Tour title, one that elevates him to a career-high of fourth on the Official World Golf Ranking.

“It was a great week, and it’s a great start to the year,” said the 30-year-old.

Jamieson was looking to add a second European Tour title to the one he picked up at the Nelson Mandela Championship last December. But his hopes were somewhat derailed by a double bogey on the fifth hole.

Still, he had a chance on the final hole to force a playoff, needing an eagle on the driveable par 4. His chip for a two looked to have a chance but it stopped agonisingly short, just a couple of inches from the cup.

“I gave it my all,” he said. “Louis is a Major champion and there’s no shame in losing to him.

Jamieson should move up to around 70th on the Official World Golf Ranking and will now be looking towards making the top-50 by the end of March in order to secure a start at the US Masters.

First round leader in Durban, Thongchai Jaidee, finished strongly with a 68 to end the week alone in third, two ahead of Ireland’s Padraig Harrington who was fourth.

Volvo Golf Champions
Durban Country Club, Durban, South Africa
Jan 10-13, purse €2,000,000 par 72

1   Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)   68   64   74   66   272   €350,000
2   Scott Jamieson (Sco)   69   64   68   72   273   €226,300
3   Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)   65   68   73   68   274   €131,300
4   Padraig Harrington (Ire) 70   71   67   68   276   €111,300
T5   Julian Quesne (Fra)   72   67   67   71   277   €87,850
T5   Danny Willett (Eng)   69   70   70   68   277   €87,850
T7   Branden Grace (RSA)   75   67   69   67   278   €66,400
T7   Paul Lawrie (Sco)      69   70   70   69   278   €66,400
T9   Thomas Bjorn (Den)   69   70   72   68   279   €45,357
T9   Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 72   69   70   68   279   €45,357
T9   Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel)   73   67   71   68   279   €45,357

T9   Shane Lowry (Ire)   70   69   70   70   279   €45,357
T9   Matteo Manassero (Ita)   75   69   66   69   279   €45,357
T9   Francesco Molinari (Ita)   70   70   68   71   279   €45,357
T9   Richie Ramsay (Sco)   69   73   70   67   279   €45,357

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

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