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18 July 2010 :: 15:07:24 pm 31831

Oosthuizen Holds off Brit Paul Casey Going into Final Round

South African Louis Oosthuizen continues to hold off the chasing pack at St. Andrews going into the final round. Oosthuizen who had failed to make the cut at the British Open on his previous four appearances is being chased by veteran Englishman Paul Casey and Germany’s Martin Kaymer.
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Scotland, the 17th of July 2010: In a day were the weather became more tolerable, Louis Oosthuizen finished the day 4 shots clear at the top after a composed round of 69. Even with the pressure of having everyone expecting him to falter, Oosthuizen continued his assault on St. Andrews in determined style, with only a bogey at the first giving cynics something to write about.

He picked up birdies at the seventh and ninth and parred six straight holes before producing a moment of magic with a 60 foot putt for birdie at the 16th green. Finishing with a par at the devilishly difficult “road hole” which is the 17th and an easy birdie at the 18th, Oosthuizen made the 2010 British Open his to lose going into the final round.

“It’s not every day you play in the final group leading the Open championship. I’m going to try and do my own thing. Tomorrow I’m probably going to do pretty much the same and just go out there, hit shot for shot, and never get ahead of myself,” Oosthuizen, who had received a phone call of encouragement from South African golfing legend Gary Player before the start of the third round, stated.

Englishman Paul Casey led the chasing pack with a flawless 67 to match the best total of the day while Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood all but relinquished any hopes of attaining the 2010 claret jug. Germany’s Martin Kaymer was in third spot after a 68 moved him to eight under with Westwood, Henrik Stenson and Alejandro Canizares sitting a further shot back on seven under.

Not even the four-shot deficit could wipe the smile off Casey’s face, for the Englishman was back producing his best after a year in which a nagging rib injury picked up in the build-up to last year’s Open has affected his play. “I’m loving the fact I’m playing absolutely great golf and I’m four shots behind Louis. I get along great with Louis, as well. So I think tomorrow is going to be a lot of fun,” he said.

Despite putting himself in contention Martin Kaymer with an elegant 68, he was realistic about his chances of reeling in the front two. “I don’t really see myself shooting a 63 under those conditions, and I’m not expecting them to shoot 73 or 74 either,” he said.

For Woods it was another frustrating day at the office. His one-over 73 left him 12 shots off Oosthuizen’s pace and a fourth Claret Jug and third crown here is beyond even him. “I was grinding, I was as patient as I possibly could be today, and I was just trying to plod my way along and just didn’t get anything going,” the dejected world number one said.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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