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17 July 2010 :: 14:07:22 pm 31669

S. African Vaults to the Lead as Irish Hopes Dwindle

South African Louis Oosthuizen is positioned to take the biggest halfway lead in 28-years at the British open, following a round that was preceded by fierce winds and a brief halt to proceedings at the St. Andrews old course.
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Scotland, the 16th of July 2010: On the 150th anniversary of the British Open, the competition stands fascinatingly poised for the start of the final 36 holes with fierce weather conditions and unpredictable greens wreaking havoc on competitors old and new.

At present, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen leads American Mark Calcavecchia by 5-shots. The final two rounds will test the resolve of the remaining field with better weather forecast for the weekend and a host of tournament favourites still poised for a crack at the title despite Oosthuizen’s currently overwhelming advantage.

A fearsome pack lies in wait for Oosthuizen entering the final rounds, including Englishmen Paul Casey and Lee Westwood who finished at six under while Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and fellow South African Retief Goosen sit amongst a host of players at five under. Tiger Woods sits a further stroke back on four under following an 18th hole birdie in fading light.

First-round leader Rory McIlroy traipsed home in the positive dark, carding an 80-stroke nightmare less than 24 hours after he had raced to the summit of the field with a course record 63. At one under, he is 11 strokes behind the new leader Louis Oosthuizen, but it would be foolish to write him or anybody else who has made the cut off, as St. Andrews displays what a torturous Scottish summer can bring to a links golf course.

The projected cut for the tournament is at two over, which would confirm former champions Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Tom Watson, Ben Curtis, Todd Hamilton, Justin Leonard, Paul Lawrie, David Duval, Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle missing the weekend action.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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