While Louis Oosthuizen narrowly missed out on a second Open Championship title at St. Andrews, his runner-up finish to American Zach Johnson moved him into second place on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
Johnson prevailed after a four-hole play-off with Oosthuizen and Australia’s Marc Leishman after the trio tied on 15 under par in regulation.
The South African, who won The Open last time it was at St. Andrews in 2010, closed the gap on Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy to 421,175 points, while there were big points earned by Danny Willett, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, all of whom finished in a share of sixth place at the Home of Golf.
Willett, who was second on The Race to Dubai before play, gained ground on the absent McIlroy with his finish – his best ever in a Major – but was overtaken by Oosthuizen to drop into third place. As a result the Englishman sits 551,536 points clear of fourth placed Bernd Wiesberger on The Race to Dubai.
Rose moved up one place to sixth on the ranking while Garcia has virtually guaranteed his spot in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, moving up to 28th from 46th place with 665,774 points. Historically, over 500,000 points has secured players a place in the European Tour’s season ending DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates, which this year will be held between Thursday 19 and Sunday 23 November 2015.