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Clarke finishes on a high

Northern Irishman Darren Clarke had an impressive final day in the Africa Open - ending with a 68 for a tournament total of eight-under 284 and a share of 26th place.

Rising English star Chris Wood narrowly missed out on a maiden professional victory after Open champion Louis Oosthuizen won a three-man play-off to clinch the title in East London.

Oosthuizen holed from 15 feet for birdie on the first extra hole, the par-four 18th, to clinch a third European Tour win. Wood and Spain's Manuel Quiros could only manage pars after the trio had finished regulation play tied on 18 under par.

Wood shot to fame in 2008 when he was the top amateur at the Open held at Royal Birkdale where he finished fifth. He led for a large part on the final day and had to watch agonisingly as Quiros closed with three consecutive birdies to join him on 16-under 276 after a round of 69.

The 23-year-old from Bristol had also just about completed his round in 68 when Oosthuizen made eagle on the par-five 15th. The South African, who carded 70, failed to pick up any more shots over his last three holes, despite going close with a straightforward chip at the last that ended up two feet to the left.

In the play-off on the par-four 18th, world number 21 Oosthuizen had the worst drive of the trio, but his second shot landed in the best position - Wood was more than 20 feet from the hole, while Quiros was just of the green.

Both missed their attempts which meant less pressure for the golfer from Mossel Bay and he made full use to win in what was his debut in the co-sanctioned European and Sunshine Tour event.

Steven O'Hara carded the joint-best score of the final day - a seven-under 66 that helped him end a shot back on a 15-under aggregate, alongside defending champion Charl Schwartzel and Jaco Van Zyl (both 70).

The Scotsman, who shot 72, 71 and 68 in his previous three rounds, was bogey-free on the final day and flew around the par-73 East London Golf Club course with seven birdies.

Englishman Robert Dinwiddie (69) ended all alone on 14-under 278, while Shaun Norris, the one of the other players that managed a 66 in round four, was a further shot back on 13 under along with five others, among them round three co-leader Markus Brier (73) from Austrian and England's Miles Tunnicliff (71).

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