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Oosthuizen eases Masters pain with Malaysian win

Louis Oosthuizen drove away mental and physical fatigue to bounce back from last week's US Masters heartbreak and romp to a three-stroke win in the rain-hit Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

The South African, who finished runner-up in the Masters to American Bubba Watson in a playoff, registered a total of 17-under 271, three ahead of Scotland's Stephen Gallacher.

The 2010 British Open champion fired a four-under 68 in the final round to win his fifth European Tour title.

"It would have been better if I had the green jacket," said Oosthuizen, whose daughter rushed out to congratulate him after the win, with a laugh.

"I thought I was going to be a lot more tired.

"It was a long journey to get here and I have to be honest and say that I didn't expect to play this well because of the tiredness."

The 29-year old Oosthuizen had to return to the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club early yesterday morning to complete the remaining eight holes of his third round after thunderstorms and rain had ended play early for the second consecutive day on Saturday.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain, Danny Willet of England and Asian Tour rookie David Lipsky of the US shared the third spot, five shots behind Oosthuizen.