South African Louis Oosthuizen produced a tournament record birdie blitz to take control of the Deutsche Bank Championship during Sunday’s third round,leaving the highly fancied Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods in his wake.
Oosthuizen reeled off nine birdies on his way to an eight-under 63,including a tournament record seven in a row from the 4th,to move to 19 under par.
It left the 2010 British Open champion three shots clear of McIlroy,who returned a tidy 67 to sit alone in second and in striking distance at 16-under.
Woods managed a 68 to move into tie for third with fellow American and Ryder Cup hopeful Dustin Johnson (65) at 13-under.
Oosthuizen started his charge with a tap in birdie on the par five second hole before he started his run on the fourth. He coaxed in a seven-foot birdie putt on the drivable par four to start his blitz. The 29-year-old drained back-to-back 20-foot birdies on five and six to take the outright lead and when he knocked in a five-footer on the seventh he led by three.
Every putt had perfect speed, said Oosthuizen,who made four putts of at least 20 feet during his streak of birdies. I told Rory,Sorry,but you’ve got to take it when you can.
The 2012 Masters runner-up kept the streak alive with a 42-foot bomb on the eighth and impressed when a 23-footer went down on the ninth for an opening 29,a course record for TPC Boston. The seventh and final birdie of the streak came a hole later when a pinpoint approach left him with a short putt to move six clear of McIlroy.
The South African cooled off on the back nine stringing together six pars before collecting the only bogey of his day on the 17th thwarting any thoughts of a course record 61.
Oosthuizen finished off his spectacular round with a curling 12-foot birdie on the final hole putting him in position to claim his first victory on American soil. McIlroy,who had increased his overnight lead from one to two with birdies on the opening two holes,found himself six back through 10 despite carding just one bogey.
But the world number one clawed back into contention with four birdies and just one more bogey over the last eight holes.
Woods managed four birdies on Sunday with a lone bogey,leaving him six back with a mountain to climb in the final round to claim a fourth win of the year. I’m going to have to put together one of those rounds,Woods said. It won’t surprise me if somebody shoots eight or nine under par tomorrow because of where the pin locations are. Somebody is going to go out there and do it.
It may be early,it may be late,who knows,but hopefully I am one of those guys.
Gelfand the threat as India play Israel in Olympiad
After missing back-to-back victories against higher-ranked USA and England in the last two rounds,Krishnan Sasikiran and his teammates have their task cut out when they take on Israel in the sixth round of the 40th Chess Olympiad. Indias score could have been much better had Sasikiran not lost from a drawn position against Hikaru Nakamura of USA or if Parimarjan Negi had converted his advantage against Nigel Short against England.
P Harikrishna and Abhijeet Gupta have been outstanding on board two and four and the Indian men currently hold the joint fifth spot with eight match points out of a possible ten. Boris Gelfand,who lost the last world championship against Viswanathan Anand,dons the top board for Israel and he will meet Sasikiran. Harikrishna will take on Emil Sutovsky,Parimarjan Negi will have to tackle Maxim Rodshtein while Abhijeet Gupta meets theoretician Boris Avrukh.