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Louis set for Masters assault

2012-04-08 07:57

Augusta - South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen is already a proven major winner and he steadily moved into a good position to clinch this week's Masters title without getting the very best out of his game in Saturday's third round.

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Oosthuizen, who romped to a seven-stroke victory in the 2010 British Open, fired a three-under-par 69 at Augusta National to end a gorgeous day of sunshine two shots behind leader Peter Hanson of Sweden.

"I just played nicely today," Oosthuizen told reporters after mixing five birdies with two bogeys. "I made a good score, swung the club really well. It was just nice having a good round.

"I felt I probably left quite a few birdies out there the way I was hitting it. I'm happy to be two behind going into Sunday."

Though Oosthuizen bogeyed the final hole after pushing his approach to the right of the green and failing to get up and down, he can take comfort in the way he has played the testing back nine this week.

In each of the first two rounds, the 29-year-old covered the last nine holes in three-under 33. On Saturday, he came home in one under, having birdied the 12th and 17th.

"You have got to take it shot for shot," Oosthuizen said of his strategy for Sunday's final round when the year's first major will be on the line.

"You know it's going to take a few birdies (to win), so I'll probably do the same as today, just pick my holes where I feel like I can take the pin on.

"It's what we play for, ... to have a chance at winning a major going into Sunday. I put myself in a position for this week and it'll just be fun to go out there and try to play the best I can."

Oosthuizen, who showed good form at last week's Houston Open where he finished third, relished the electric atmosphere at Augusta National on Saturday afternoon as players continually sank birdie putts across the course.

"It was great today," he said. "You could hear the roars all over the place. So it was really nice to be out there and I think it's going to be the same tomorrow."

Reuters

Comments
  • Tim - 2012-04-08 08:51

    Make us proud again, Louis!

      Priester - 2012-04-08 09:00

      @Tim, Louis is indeed well placed. Maybe I'm wrong but I think it is easier to chase than set the pace or defend your lead. Well he sure looked composed and relaxed on Saturday. Yip Louis you go and make us proud!

  • Gary Steele - 2012-04-08 09:27

    I really enjoyed reading this article because of Louis' approach, which focused on staying in the moment, having fun, and relishing the experience. His sport psychologist would be proud.

  • Isabel - 2012-04-08 09:40

    Go Louis!!

  • Atholl - 2012-04-08 11:09

    Go Louis the Lion. Klap it ! Klap it! and Putt it !.

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-08 11:25

    Come on homie win this, bodybag the competition in that b!tch.

  • Selma - 2012-04-08 13:30

    The course layout is diabolical this year. As for that ball hanging on for dear life to the lip of hole.......... Hanson looks very calm and composed and it will be interesting to see if he has the BMT for a Sunday , Mickleson is putting superbly, Louis has his work cut out but SA seems to own the course.

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