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Open win propels Oosthuizen into world top 15
July 19, 2010

Louis Oosthuizen won the 139th Open Golf Championship by seven strokes from Lee Westwood over the Old Course at St. Andrews, having led the Championship since the 7th hole of the second round, a total of 48 holes. He started the final day with a four stroke lead which after eight holes had been trimmed to three, but an eagle at the ninth and a birdie at the twelth to Paul Casey’s triple-bogey seven gave Oosthuizen the lead by eight. Westwood birdied the final hole, after rescuing a five when in trouble at the seventeeth, which gave him outright second place. With only his second tournament victory outside his native South Africa, Oosthuizen climbs to a career best 15th in the Official World Golf Ranking from 54th.

Westwood's sole second place moves him to within 0.23 average points of Phil Mickelson for the world no. 2 position.

In the US , Matt Bettencourt claimed the Reno-Tahoe Open, his maiden victory on the PGA Tour, and climbs 117 places to world number 212.

This week's other winners were Tommy Gainey at the Chiquita Classic on the Nationwide Tour, Alessandro Tadini at the Credit Suisse Challenge on the Challenge Tour and Aaron Goldberg at the The Players Cup on the Canadian Tour.

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