SUNDAY APRIL 15, 2012 – MAYBANK MALAYSIAN OPEN
Louis Oosthuizen (Getty Images)
• His fifth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 197th European Tour event.
• Moves to €1,293,705 in The Race to Dubai. This is his third consecutive season he has won more than €1 million in a single season.
• Moved to 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking from 19th, to become the highest ranked South African, one place ahead of Charl Schwartzel.
• His second European Tour International Schedule victory of the season, following the Africa Open.
• Becomes the second multiple victor of the 2012 European Tour season, following his countryman Branden Grace (Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions).
• The second European Tour season he has recorded multiple victories, following the 2010 season, when he won the Open de Andalucía and the 139th Open Championship.
• Maintains his record of leading or sharing the lead going into the final round in each of his five European Tour victories.
• Since the event became part of The European Tour in 1999, is the first South African to win the Maybank Malaysian Open.
• His second consecutive top two finish, after finishing runner-up in the Masters Tournament, seven days ago.
Is a total of 27 under par for his last eight European Tour rounds. Was ten under at the Masters Tournament and 17 under at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
• His third top two finish from his six European Tour events in 2012.
• His first victory in Asia. Has now won on three Continents: Africa, Asia and Europe.
• Victory comes in his third appearance in the Maybank Malaysian Open. His best previous performance was seventh in 2009.OTHER FACTS
• The 106th South African victory in European Tour history.
• The fifth South African victory of the 2012 season. They are: Louis Oosthuizen (Africa Open and Maybank Malaysian Open), Branden Grace (Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions) and Jbe’ Kruger (Avantha Masters).
• Becomes the fourth South African to record multiple victories in two or more seasons on The European Tour. He follows: Ernie Els (1994, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007); Retief Goosen (2001 and 2004) and Charl Schwartzel (2010 and 2011).
• His tenth win as a professional worldwide.
• Moves over €7 million in European Tour Official Career Earnings.
• Becomes the tenth European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player on the 2012 European Tour. They are: Louis Oosthuizen (Africa Open and Maybank Malaysian Open), Branden Grace (Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions), Robert Rock (Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Omega Dubai Desert Classic), Justin Rose (WGC – Cadillac Championship), Julien Quesne (Open de Andalucía Costa del Sol), Michael Hoey (Trophée Hassan II) and Thørbjorn Olesen (Sicilian Open).
• Becomes the 294th European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player.