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Oosthuizen secures maiden Tour victory

Louis Oosthuizen claimed his first victory on the European Tour after four previous runners-up finishes.
Louis Oosthuizen claimed his first victory on the European Tour after four previous runners-up finishes.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • South African Louis Oosthuizen secures his maiden European Tour title on Sunday
  • The 27-year-old claims a three-stroke victory in the Andalucia Open in Spain
  • The success ensures Oosthuizen a place in next month's Masters field
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(CNN) -- South African Louis Oosthuizen finally secured his maiden European Tour title on Sunday with a three-stroke victory in the Andalucia Open in Malaga, Spain.

A week after blowing a similar final round lead to finish second in the Hassan II tournament in Morocco, the 27-year-old held his nerve to come home in a 72-hole total of 263 (-17) -- three shots clear of British duo Richard Finch and Peter Whiteford.

Oosthuizen had been placed runner-up fourth times on the European Tour and this long-awaited victory ensured him a place in the Masters field for a second succesive year.

"I was quite nervous down the stretch and very nervous on the 18th tee," Oosthuizen told the European Tour's official Web site.

"I just decided to hit it as hard as I could. Now I want to stay in the world's top 50 and be competitive every time I play."