Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Louis Oosthuizen back in front at South African Open

Louis Oosthuizen back in front at South African Open

Langasque finished alone in second place, six shots behind Louis Oosthuizen, and the former British Amateur champ has now earned his first major start since turning pro in 2016. He made three more birdies and another bogey before ending his tournament with a 68. Oosthuizen dominated the week's proceedings, opening up with a brilliant 9-under-par 62 on Randpark's Bushwillow course on Thursday and he followed that up with a crucial, in his words "deciding round for the week", 1-under-par 70 on the tougher Firethorn layout in windy conditions on Friday to temporarily give up the lead.

"I've driven the ball well", the 34-year-old South African said. "It felt great when that last putt get my name on the trophy".

Scotland's Bob MacIntyre and Ewen Ferguson jumped up the leaderboard on the second day of the South African Open in Johannesburg.

Prizes include, a trip to Old Trafford to watch Man United take on Liverpool in the Premier League, tickets to Ireland's home games in the Six Nations, All Ireland football and hurling final tickets and much more.

"Then you have this little thing called "golf" when you have to put a score on the board".

"I got close to winning at Nedbank, and really played well there. I knew I was putting well enough".

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I would like him to come to Italy one day. "For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy", he added. Even though they're humble at Madrid, here I feel like they're more humble.

Oosthuizen set the record straight at Randpark.

He also won a berth in The Open at Royal Portrush in July, as did Englishman Oliver Wilson and Schwartzel, who birdied the second last hole to finish in a tie for third with Wilson and the South African pair of Thomas Aiken and Bryce Easton.

"It was a tough round but I played well", said Oosthuizen, whose world ranking of 36 is the highest in the field.

A group of eight are three strokes further back going into the final round with four-time major victor Ernie Els of South Africa among them after a 68.

There are a further six players bunched on eight-under-par, including veteran Ernie Els who was 10-under before dropping shots in his final two holes.

Branden Grace is 8 under and part of a group of eight players tied for fifth, six strokes off the lead.

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