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Oosthuizen win is woe for Wood

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

Oosthuizen holed from 15 feet for birdie on the first extra hole, the par-four 18th, to clinch a third European Tour title.

Wood and Spain's Manuel Quiros could only manage pars after the trio had finished regulation play tied on 18-under par.

Darren Clarke had an impressive day four, ending with a 68 for a tournament total of eight-under 284 and a share of 26th place, while Gareth Maybin shot a final-round two-under-par 71 to finish joint 38th on six-under.

Wood made his name in 2008 when he was the top amateur at the British Open at Royal Birkdale, finishing fifth.

He led for a large part yesterday and had to watch agonisingly as Quiros closed with three consecutive birdies to join him on 16-under after a round of 69.

The 23-year-old 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 finished two feet to the left.

In the play-off on the par-four 18th, world No 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.

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