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South African Oosthuizen wins British Open

2010-07-19 06:08:07 GMT2010-07-19 14:08:07 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa kisses the Claret Jug after winning the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 18, 2010. (Reuters Photo)

Louis Oosthuizen (R) of South Africa embraces his wife Nel-Mare and daughter Jana after winning the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 18, 2010. (Reuters Photo)

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa holds the Claret Jug after winning the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 18, 2010. (Reuters Photo)

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa hits his tee shot on the second hole during third round play at the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 17, 2010. (Reuters Photo)

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa kisses the Claret Jug after winning the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 18, 2010. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

LONDON, July 18 (Xinhua) -- South African Louis Oosthuizen won the British Open on Sunday, capturing his first major title by seven strokes on the famed Old Course at St. Andrews of Scotland.

Oosthuizen became the first player since American Tony Lema in 1964 to win his first major title at the birthplace of golf, firing a final-round one-under par 71 to finish 72 holes on 16- under par 272.

England's Lee Westwood finished second on nine-under, his fourth top-three finish in the past five majors. Northern Ireland' s Rory McIlroy, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and England's Paul Casey shared third on eight-under.

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