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Sixth spot earns Oosthuizen R4.58 million

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South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen carded four consecutive rounds in the 60s with scores of 68, 67, 68 and 68 to end on nine-under, four behind American winner Justin Thomas.

Louis Oosthuizen. Picture: Christopher Hanewinckel USA Today Sports

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen collected a handy R4.58million for his sixth place finish at the World Golf Championships – FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis on Sunday.

Oosthuizen carded four consecutive rounds in the 60s with scores of 68, 67, 68 and 68 to end on nine-under, four behind American winner Justin Thomas.

While Oosthuizen was bogey-free in the final round, he made just two birdies. A solid tee shot at the par-3 4th meant a fast start to his round, but he would have to wait until his last hole of the day before he nailed a 24-foot putt to end on two-under and claim a second birdie of the day.

It was a timely return to form for the 37-year-old, as his best result since the resumption of the PGA Tour before Sunday was a tie for 46th at the Travelers Championship at the end of June.

It also leaves the 2010 Open champion with a confidence boost ahead of this week’s PGA Championship in San Francisco starting on Thursday.

Further down the leaderboard were compatriots Erik van Rooyen and Christiaan Bezuidenhout on six-under in a tie for 20th. A final round five-under 65 for Van Rooyen was the highlight of his week’s work.

Bezuidenhout, meanwhile, set the course on fire with a third round six-under 64. The two young SA players each earned R1.8m for their efforts.

Shaun Norris rounded out the SA performances with a 75th place finish on 10-over. His paycheque of R525,055 will also come in handy.

African News Agency (ANA)