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Oosthuizen in pole place for back-to-back SA Open titles


Cape The city – Louis Oosthuizen, the protecting champion of the South African Open, has a chance to turn out to be the primary participant in 16 years to say back-to-back SA Open titles at Randpark Golfing Membership on Sunday.

Oosthuizen signed for a bogey-free 64 on Randpark’s Firethorn direction to boost him to 15 below par and one stroke transparent of the sphere. Trevor Immelman is the final participant to have received back-to-back SA Open titles in 2003 and 2004.

Oosthuizen made 3 birdies in his first 4 holes and yet one more at the par-four 9th hollow to show in 31 as his seek for a 2d victory won momentum on Saturday. Coming house, it was once extra of the similar as 3 extra birdies went down on his scorecard.

“I labored a bit bit at the striking and I discovered one thing that I assumed would possibly get my rhythm a bit higher,” mentioned Oosthuizen. “The velocity and contours have been beautiful respectable as of late at the vegetables so I used to be satisfied.”

Whilst he refuses to get over excited, particularly with the host of avid gamers chasing him down for that prime spot within the ultimate spherical, it’s no longer escaped Oosthuizen’s thoughts {that a} win right here on Sunday may throw him in a different membership of avid gamers who’ve received this name extra than simply as soon as, let by myself back-to-back.

“Every other win right here would imply so much to me,” he mentioned. “I imply, getting my title on that trophy once more would in reality imply so much to me. Protecting any name is hard however If I may win right here, being the protecting champion and the Participant-Host for the week, that might be particular.”

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A large number of paintings nonetheless lies forward, even though, as a result of he has a slim lead over England’s Marcus Armitage.

Armitage carded the most efficient spherical of the day, a nine-under 62, to get to 14-under and only a shot again of the protecting champion. Scorching on Armitage’s heels and two photographs at the back of Oosthuizen is Jaco Ahlers, whose three-under-par 68 in spherical 3 driven him as much as 13-under for the week.

And proficient 18-year-old beginner Jayden Schaper in addition to Branden Grace are each simply 3 photographs off the lead.

Leaderboard:

198 – Louis Oosthuizen 65 69 64

199 – Marcus Armitage 65 72 62

200 – Jaco Ahlers 66 66 68

201 – Martin Rohwer 66 71 64, Jacques Blaauw 69 65 67, Branden Grace 64 70 67, Andy Sullivan 66 68 67, Jayden Schaper 65 67 69

202 – Min Woo Lee 66 69 67, JC Ritchie 63 72 67, George Coetzee 65 69 68, Jack Senior 67 66 69, Thriston Lawrence 67 65 70

203 – Marc Warren 70 68 65, Nino Bertasio 63 71 69, Keith Horne 69 65 69, Connor Syme 66 68 69, Peter Karmis 64 70 69, Hennie du Plessis 67 67 69, Tapio Pulkkanen 65 66 72

– Michael Vlismas Media



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