Oosthuizen wins in Malaysia

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Updated: April 16, 2012

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen put his Masters Tournament heartbreak behind him by cruising to a stylish three-stroke victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday.

A week after losing in a play-off to American Bubba Watson at Augusta National, the 29-year-old underlined his star credentials by overcoming jetlag, searing heat and a stellar field assembled at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, closing with a solid four-under-par 68 for a 17-under-par 271 winning total.

Scotsman Stephen Gallacher carded a battling 70 for second place, while American David Lipsky finished joint third, two shots back after a 70 alongside Danny Willett of England (71) and Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello (71).

Stateside, Sweden’s Carl Pettersson won the Heritage Classic at Hilton Head on Sunday to claim his fifth PGA Tour title as Luke Donald gave up his No 1 ranking to Rory McIlroy.

Pettersson shot a final round two-under-par 69 to finish the tournament at 14-under, a comfortable five shots clear of his nearest rival, former Masters champion Zach Johnson (70).

Donald needed to finish eighth or better to retain his No 1 ranking but the Englishman tied for 37th after a final round 71 for a two-over total 286.

Northern Ireland’s McIlroy will leapfrog back to the top when the updated rankings are released on Monday.