Oosthuizen Romps at British Open

Tiger who? South African dominates
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 18, 2010 12:52 PM CDT
Tiger Woods reacts after hitting his tee shot on the sixth hole of the British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland, Sunday, July 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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(Newser) – Louis Oosthuizen has won his first major golf championship with a dominating seven-stroke victory at the British Open. The South African started the final round with a four-stroke advantage, which turned into a romp when his closest challenger, England's Paul Casey, took triple-bogey at the 12th. Oosthuizen shot a 1-under 71 in the final round for a 16-under 272 total on the Old Course.

He had a chance to tie the modern Open record for biggest win, an eight-stroke margin last accomplished by Tiger Woods a decade ago at St. Andrews. Another Englishman, Lee Westwood, shot 70 and wound up as the runner-up at 279. Casey staggered to a 75 and finished at 280, tied for third with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (68) and Sweden's Henrik Stenson (71).

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