Louis Oosthuizen says he is able to play his coronary heart out to turn into British Open champion for the second time.
- South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen stays within the lead, hitting a one-under par 69 to take a seat at 12 underneath by means of three rounds
- Cameron Smith is the best-placed Australian, tied for ninth on six underneath after a third-round 68
- Fellow Australian Adam Scott is out of competition after hitting two double-bogeys in a disappointing third spherical of 73
His feedback got here as he led for the third successive spherical of the 149th version to enter Sunday’s showdown with a one-shot lead.
The good, calm South African, on 12 underneath, has not shaken off the specter of US main winners Collin Morikawa, who’s a shot behind, and Jordan Spieth, who dropped photographs on the final two holes to fall again to 9 underneath.
And although he has by no means fairly shaken off the tag of one way or the other being an almost man after six occasions ending runner-up in a serious since his 2010 Open triumph at St Andrews, Oosthuizen reckons he is able to full a wire-to-wire triumph.
Requested if he might take something from these second-place finishes, he smiled at Royal St George’s on Saturday night time: “Go one higher.”
The 38-year-old’s nonetheless the person to beat after a one-under par 69 gave him a three-round complete of 198.
Saturday, in fact, was “transferring day”, but “Oosty” was fairly immoveable, main on the finish of the day but once more following his good 64 and 65 within the opening two rounds.
Behind the major-winning trio are Canada’s Corey Conners and American Scottie Scheffler, who lie a shot behind Spieth on eight underneath.
US Open champ Jon Rahm is in a trio tied for sixth on seven underneath alongside one other Canadian Mackenzie Hughes and South African Dylan Frittelli.
Australia’s solely hope now, Cameron Smith, who was outscored by the 66-shooting Conners, recorded a 68 and is joint-ninth alongside South African Justin Harding and German Marcel Siem.
However the Queenslander charges his possibilities as “very slim” and reckons he should shoot a 62 to turn into the primary Australian since Greg Norman again at these identical Kent hyperlinks in 1993 to deliver house the Claret Jug.
Adam Scott, the opposite Australian to make the reduce, had two double-bogeys in his disappointing spherical of 73, which leaves him out of competition at 2-over.
On one other cloudless day, with the wind not too unkind however the fairways firming up and more durable pin placements offering a bit extra defence for the venerable hyperlinks, the one disappointment for 2010 champion Oosthuizen was that he may need gone into the ultimate spherical in larger command.
What he described as “a few unfastened swings” on his inward 9 led to bogeys, which just about felt like a sensation, so excellently has he been taking part in.
A birdie on the par-three sixteenth edged him into the lead over a resurgent Morikawa, who confirmed his mettle after slipping again to seven underneath after six holes.
“It was so nice with all of the followers there,” Oosthuizen mentioned.
It saved the South African on pole to report a wire-to-wire victory — solely the eighth in Open historical past, with Rory McIlroy’s 2014 victory at Royal Liverpool the newest.
Spieth had been 4 underneath for the day after 11 holes and shared the lead with Oosthuizen and Morikawa with three holes remaining, however the 2017 champ bogeyed the seventeenth and missed a short-par putt on the final.
Not that Oosthuizen appears in any respect fazed by the duty.
“I’ll attempt to keep awake so long as I can tonight as a result of I do know the tee time might be going to be round 3:00pm, 3:30pm (native time) once more tomorrow,” he mentioned.
Does he ever get labored up about something?
“I used to be labored up about 45 minutes in the past once I hit that (wayward) 5 iron on 15,” he smiled.
“However I obtained myself rapidly collectively and made an important up-and-down.
“So, no, I imply, simply chill … “
His grin appeared like a chilling warning to his pursuers.