Oosthuizen opens HSBC lead
Shenzhen - Louis Oosthuizen picked up six shots
in just five holes on the way to a red-hot 63 and a big five-stroke
lead in the $7 million WGC-HSBC Champions on Friday.
An eagle on
the par-five seventh sparked a blazing run from the 2010 British Open
winner, who birdied his next four along with 15 and 16 for a
nine-under-par round and a total of 16-under 128 at southern China's
par-72 Mission Hills.
Oosthuizen's round, blotted only by an early
bogey on the second, opened up a healthy advantage over a top-quality
chasing pack led by Adam Scott and Ernie Els, who were tied on 11 under
"You can see there's a lot of birdies out there with five
par-fives," said Oosthuizen, who was greeted at the clubhouse by his
wife and young daughters, who are travelling with him.
making it easy for myself -- I'm hitting a lot of good shots. It's far
from over, there's a lot of golf left. I need a good round tomorrow to
get myself in position for Sunday."
Four-time Major-winner Els
turned at seven under par and added two more birdies on his way back for
a 63, matching his fellow South African Oosthuizen, while Scott shot
Phil Mickelson, the event's only double winner, was set for a
share of second place until he found greenside rocks on the 18th for
double-bogey, dropping down to tied sixth with Dustin Johnson.
Dufner, Mickelson and Johnson's American Ryder Cup team-mate, shot 66
to share fourth spot with Ireland's Shane Lowry, who had 68.
who had shared the first-round lead with Oosthuizen, played a sumptuous
front nine studded with four birdies but he stumbled on his return with
three bogeys and another three birdies.
"I played OK today -- I
got off to a good start but on the back nine I missed a few greens and I
had to scramble, and it's tough when it's fast around the greens," said
The Australian escaped from a bunker on the third hole for
his first birdie of the day, and he picked up further shots on four and
five to take a two-shot lead early in the round.
cry of "Adam, we love you!" from two female marshals spurred him on, but
it was Oosthuizen who then took charge with his eagle on the par-five
seventh, cueing up a birdie blitz around the turn.
birdied the par-three eighth, escaped out of a bunker to within a foot
on nine, drained a 20-footer on 10 and then chipped to an unmissable
distance on 11.
Two more birdies on 15 and 16 completed a pleasing
day's work for the 30-year-old, who now has great chance of recording
his sixth win and the second biggest of his career, after the 2010 Open.
Leading second-round scores at the
$7 million WGC-HSBC Champions on the Olazabal Course (par-72) at Mission
Hills in southern China on Friday:
128 - Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 65-63
133 - Adam Scott (AUS) 65-68, Ernie Els (RSA) 70-63
134 - Jason Dufner (USA) 68-66, Shane Lowry (IRL) 66-68
135 - Dustin Johnson (USA) 67-68, Phil Mickelson (USA) 66-69
136 - Luke Donald (ENG) 68-68, Scott Piercy (USA) 68-68, Bill Haas (USA) 69-67, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 71-65
- Peter Hanson (SWE) 66-71, Martin Kaymer (GER) 68-69, Ian Poulter
(ENG) 69-68, Prom Meesawat (THA) 67-70, Lee Westwood (ENG) 70-67
- Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 70-68, Bubba Watson (USA) 66-72, Gonzalo
Fernandez-Castano (ESP) 71-67, Wu Ashun (CHN) 68-70, Carl Pettersson
139 - Keegan Bradley (USA) 71-68, Jang Ik-Jae (KOR) 68-71
140 - Paul Lawrie (SCO) 69-71
142 - Justin Rose (ENG) 72-70
143 - Francesco Molinari (ITA) 74-69, Brandt Snedeker (USA) 72-71
144 - Nick Watney (USA) 72-72
146 - Graeme McDowell (NIR) 71-75, Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) 73-73
149 - Johnson Wagner (USA) 75-74