JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – House favourite Louis Oosthuizen wielded a red-hot putter to bag six birdies on his again 9 and card a gap spherical 62 for a one-shot lead on the Eu Excursion’s South African Open on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: Golfing – Eu Excursion – Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship – Kingsbarns, Britain – October four, 2018 South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen all the way through the primary spherical Motion Photographs by way of Reuters/Lee Smith/Document Picture
Oosthuizen’s faultless spherical integrated 9 birdies and he leads from Zambian Madalitso Muthiya and closing weekend’s winner on the Mauritius Open, American Kurt Kitayama, who each carded eight-under-par rounds of 63.
Oosthuizen and Muthiya performed at the shorter Bushwillow Path on the Randpark Golfing Membership, which noticed lots of the low scoring on Thursday, whilst Kitayama teed off at the extra bold Firethorn Path to place himself into a very good place.
Oosthuizen hasn’t ever received his nationwide Open championship earlier than however is the highest-ranked participant on this 12 months’s box and has some shape after completing in 3rd position on the Nedbank Problem closing month.
Having grew to become at 3 below par, his very good strategy to the 11th arrange a 2nd birdie in succession at the again 9, which was a hat-trick at the par-five 12th.
He controlled additional features at 14, 16 and 17 for his lowest spherical on excursion because the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship.
“My sport’s excellent, it’s trending within the route I need it to be,” Oosthuizen advised journalists previous within the week.
“There’s nonetheless a large number of paintings to be finished to in point of fact be the place I need it to be however I’ve been doing a large number of various things with my trainer and simply getting a really feel for a couple of extra issues.”
Muthiya had a contrasting spherical through which he landed 5 birdies in his first six holes, earlier than slowing up at the again 9 having grew to become in 29.
Kitayama additionally began with a birdie blitz in 4 of his first 5 holes and added an eagle at the par-five 14th, earlier than completing the 18th with any other shot received to tie for 2nd.
The South African Open is the golfing’s 2nd oldest nationwide championship having first been performed in 1893, and this 12 months has been mixed with the Joburg Open into one match.
The very best completing 3 non-exempt avid gamers this week will achieve exemption for the Open Championship at Royal Portrush subsequent July, with 2010 Open winner Oosthuizen already at the access record.
Reporting By means of Nick Stated; Enhancing by way of Toby Davis