On-fire Oosthuizen wins Malaysian Open

first_img‘I didn’t expect to play this well’After claiming his fifth European Tour title, Oosthuizen said: “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. “To win means a lot because I have been playing well for the last few weeks now and to win gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season,” said Oosthuizen. The victory meant Oosthuizen became only the second multiple winner of the season on the European Tour, following in the footsteps of fellow South African Branden Grace, who won the Joburg Open and the Volvo Golf Champions. Previously, Oosthuizen staged a successful defence of the Africa Open title at the East London Golf Club in early January. Oosthuizen maintained his composure under pressure to card a final round four-under-par 68 to record a three=shot victory over Gallagher on 17-under 271. First victory in AsiaThe victory in the Malaysian Open is Oosthuizen’s first in Asia, making him a winner in Asia, Africa and Europe, and the recent US Masters so very nearly gave him a victory in North America too. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Fellow South African Charl Schwartzel actually started off best and grabbed the first round lead with a superb eight-under-par 64. However, his challenge fell away in the second round when he slid to a three-over 75. LEADERBOARD The South African star’s assessment that his game is in good shape could hardly be disputed; in his last three starts he has finished third in the Shell Houston Open, second in the US Masters, and now won the Maybank Malaysian Open. That’s the kind of form that earns you over R13.25-million for just 12 rounds of golf! One shot gap after three roundsThe gap between Oosthuizen and Gallagher remained at one shot after both posted 69s in the third round. Otto, with a 72, and Kruger, with a 77, both fell back down the field, but Schwartzel, with a 70, moved up to a tie for 13th. Louis Oosthuizen (-17) 66, 68, 69, 68, 271Stephen Gallagher (-14) 67, 68, 69, 70, 274Rafael Cabrero-Bello (-12) 67, 72, 66, 71, 276David Lipsky (-12) 70, 67, 69, 70, 276Danny Willett (-12) 69, 69, 67, 71, 276Charl Schwartzel (-11) 64, 75, 70, 68, 277Martin Kaymer (-9) 70, 67, 71, 71, 279Matteo Manassero (-9) 70, 72, 68, 69, 279Hennie Otto (-9) 71, 64, 72, 72, 279Romain Wattel (-9) 68, 68, 72, 71, 279Victor Dubuisson (-8) 72, 68, 69, 71, 280Scott Hend (-8) 70, 71, 73, 66, 280Jbe Kruger (-8) 70, 65, 77, 68, 280Jyoti Randhawa (-8) 66, 72, 68, 74, 280Jeev Milka Singh (-8) 65, 73, 70, 72, 280 Schwartzel sixthSchwartzel matched his good friend’s 68 to move up to sixth on 11-under-par 277, while Otto closed with a second successive 72 to share seventh on nine-under-par 280. Kruger, the winner of the Avantha Masters in New Delhi in February, recovered nicely from his nasty 77 with a round of 68 to end in a share of 11th on eight-under 280. Oosthuizen, meanwhile, opened with a very solid six-under 66 and followed that up with a 68 to take the halfway lead on 10-under-par 134, one shot clear of South Africans Jbe Kruger and Hennie Otto, and Scotsman Stephen Gallagher. “The one thing I did know was that the game was there so that helped a lot. I was pretty tired at points in those first couple of rounds but overall it has been great and I am over the moon with the result.” 16 April 2012 After finishing second at the US Masters, Louis Oosthuizen crossed 12 time zones on a 30-hour journey to Kuala Lumpur for the Maybank Malaysian Open. Some feared he was in for a let-down in form, but those fears proved unfounded as he secured an impressive victory at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on Sunday.last_img read more

PRISM Leaker Goes Public To Defend Claims

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Prism Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid The story around PRISM, the so-called U.S. surveillance program that reportedly has major tech companies working with U.S. intelligence agencies to track data on non-U.S. terrorist suspects, keeps getting bigger, as this weekend saw the outing of the source of the leak as 29-year-old programmer Edward Snowden.Snowden has been identified as a former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. He revealed his own identity on his own volition.(See also: PRISM Fallout: In Cloud We Don’t Trust?)In an interview with the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, Snowden revealed that he became increasingly disturbed by the U.S. intelligence community’s broader focus on gathering information, especially from domestic U.S. sources.“The NSA specifically targets the communications of everyone,” Snowden said. “It ingests them by default. It collects them in its system and it filters them and it analyzes them and it measures them and it stores them for periods of time, simply because that’s the easiest and most efficient and most valuable way to achieve these ends.”Snowden said he decided to make his identity public to help establish the veracity of his claims.Where things go from here is anyone’s guess. Certainly, given its previous convictions to prosecute intelligence leaks, the U.S. government will want to have a word with Snowden, a U.S. citizen who is reportedly in Hong Kong at this time. Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the U.S. but that treaty specifically excludes individuals who are being extradited for political purposes. In matters of foreign relations, it’s Beijing that has final say on Hong Hong’s affairs, so it will be interesting to see how they interpret Snowden’s actions.Given the timing of the recent summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and China President Xi Jinping this past weekend, it’s a good bet the subject of Snowden’s status came up during at least one of the meetings between the two leaders or their staffs.Snowden, for his part, suffers no illusions about what’s coming.“I could be rendered by the CIA, I could have people come after me, or any of their third-party partners… that’s a fear I’ll live under for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be,” the programmer stated.Image courtesy of The Guardian. Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? brian proffitt 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

Sri Lanka vow to win it for their fans back home

first_imgSri Lanka are looking to win the World Cup as much for the people back home as for Muttiah Muralitharan, who will be playing his last international match on Saturday.Former captain Mahela Jayawardene made it clear that winning the coveted trophy for the fans was the foremost thing on every player’s mind – including Murali.”We started off the campaign thinking that we will win the Cup for our fans back home and it will remain the same. Obviously we want to dedicate the win to Murali but even for him the country comes ahead of everyone,” he said.Talking about one of his closest accomplices in the team, Jayawardene said: ” What he has accomplished is for everyone to see. But I would like to take this opportunity to disclose that he was the first person in the Lankan team to take me out for a meal when I made my debut. Even today, he is the first person to take a new member in the team out for a meal.” Sometimes his sweetness can be irritating like when he goes to the opposition camp and exchanges pleasantries with them,” he added.The stylish right- hander feels the sub- continent teams- three of which made it to semi- finals – were expected to play well considering they were playing in home conditions. ” I don’t believe in this shift in power. If three of the four sub- continent teams manage to reach the semifinals in the next edition in Australia- New Zealand, only then can we say that the power has shifted. At home, with conditions favouring our players, we were expected to prosper,” he said.advertisementJayawardene believes that it was the title triumph in 1996 that helped Sri Lankan turn a new leaf. ” The win in 1996 helped the players believe in themselves.Even players like me who were coming through the ranks then believed that we could compete and win against the best teams in the world. As seniors we now tend to do the same with the younger players,” he said.last_img read more