Italian eagle leaves Louis second in Singapore

Louis Oosthuizen shone over 36 on holes at Sentosa Golf Club on Sunday, forcing a sudden-death playoff with Matteo Manserro, but the Italian made eagle on their third extra trip down 18, denying the South African victory at the Barclays Singapore Open.

“I’m disappointed, but Matteo made a great eagle on the last,” said Oosthuizen. “He’s a great player and he’ll win lots more. I putted well the whole week, but those things happen.”

Lengthy weather delays plagued the tournament, forcing a two-round Sunday. Oosthuizen was up to the challenge and carded a morning 65, which he followed with an afternoon 67 to finish regulation play on 13-under-par.

It was then announced that the 18th was to be replayed in a sudden-death playoff format and a showdown ensued. On their first trip Manassero had to bump-and-run after coming up short of the green. He managed the chip skillfully and was left with a tap-in for birdie. Oosthuizen’s approach stopped 30 feet past the flag. He ran his first putt a good 10 feet past, but boxed his second putt to make birdie.

Back to the tee box. Oosthuizen’s drive leaked into a fairway bunker right, and he was forced to lay up. Manassero’s three-wood approach came up short, and his chip came up 15 feet short of the flag. Oosthuizen hit a wedge to six feet and, with Manassero putting five he had a real chance at victory, but his putt lipped out. Both players made par.

Once again back to the tee box. Both players had a feel for the hole by this stage, and after striping the fairway found the left side of the green. While Oosthuizen was around 24 feet left of the flag, Manassero was just 12 feet shy. When the Mossel Bay resident missed his eagle putt, the Italian took fate into his hands and drained for eagle.

Oosthuizen was disappointed by the loss, but as always kept a calm demeanour as he faced the post-round interviews.

“I played well, but at the end of the day I’ll be quite disappointed with this. I thought I was going to get this win. I ‘m going to Dubai tomorrow for a holiday, so a good week’s rest will be nice,” he said.

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