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Oosthuizen holds off Van der Walt at Africa Open

EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) Louis Oosthuizen holed a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to top fellow South African Tjaart van der Walt and retain his title at the Africa Open.

The former British Open champion beat Van der Walt by two shots after closing with a 6-under 67 on Sunday for a 27-under total of 265 at the season-opening European Tour event.

Van der Walt shot a 69 to finish one shot ahead of Retief Goosen, who also carded a 69 at East London Golf Club.

Oosthuizen and Van der Walt were tied heading to No. 17 but Oosthuizen's birdie and Van der Walt's bogey at the par-3 hole finally separated the pair. It was the 29-year-old Oosthuizen's fourth European Tour title and first in a year.

Updated January 8, 2012

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