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The Open: Oosthuizen knocks Rory McIlroy off top spot

Published 16/07/2010

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen
South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen
Rory McIlroy at the Open. 2010
Rory McIlroy during the first round of the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews
John Daly at The Open. July 2010
Rory McIlroy at The Open. July 2010
Nick Watney at The Open. July 2010
Thomas Bjorn at The Open. July 2010
Sean O'Hair at The Open. July 2010
Oliver Wilson at The Open. July 2010
Amatuer, Jin Jeong at The Open. July 2010
Hunter Mahan at The Open. July 2010
Padraig Harrington at The Open. July 2010
JB Holmes at The Open. July 2010
Ryo Ishikawa at The Open. July 2010
Jason Day at The Open. July 2010
Andrew Coltart at The Open. July 2010
Darren Clarke at The Open. July 2010
Tom Watson at The Open. July 2010
Matt Kuchar at The Open. July 2010
Tiger Woods at The Open. July 2010
Fredrik Andersson Hed at The Open. July 2010
Thongchai Jaidee at The Open. July 2010
Kenny Perry at The Open. July 2010
Mike Weir at The Open. July 2010
Davis Love III at The Open. July 2010
Chris Wood at The Open. July 2010
Henrik Stenson at The Open. July 2010
Ian Poulter and Ernie Els at The Open. July 2010
Charl Schwartzel
Tim Clark at The Open. July 2010
Ross Fisher at The Open. July 2010
Justin Rose at The Open. July 2010
Padraig Harrington at The Open. July 2010
Camilo Villegas at The Open. July 2010
Yuta Ikeda at The Open. July 2010
Stewart Cink at The Open. July 2010
Ernie Els at The Open. July 2010
Tiger Woods and Justin Rose at The Open. July 2010
Robert Rock at The Open. July 2010
Loren Roberts at The Open. July 2010
Shunsuke Sonoda at The Open. July 2010
Trevor Immelman at The Open. July 2010
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano at The Open. July 2010
Robert Allenby at The Open. July 2010
Ryan Moore at The Open. July 2010
Ross McGowan at The Open. July 2010
David Duval at The Open. July 2010
Rory McIlroy at The Open. July 2010
Lucas Glover at The Open. July 2010
Simon Dyson at The Open. July 2010
Marcel Siem at The Open. July 2010
John Senden at The Open. July 2010
Thomas Levet at The Open. July 2010
Seung-Yul Noh at The Open. July 2010
Alexander Noren at The Open. July 2010
Todd Hamilton at The Open. July 2010
Bill Haas at The Open. July 2010
Sir Nick Faldo at The Open. July 2010
Paul Lawrie at The Open. July 2010
Ryulchi Oda at The Open. July 2010
Mathew Goggin at The Open. July 2010
Soren Kjeldsen at The Open. July 2010
Jason Dufner at The Open. July 2010
Steve Marino at The Open. July 2010
Course workers clear water at The Open. July 2010
Course workers clear water at The Open. July 2010
Rory McIlroy during the first round of the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews
Rory McIlroy during the first round of the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews
Rory McIlroy during the first round of the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews

South African Louis Oosthuizen today set a testing clubhouse target and knock Rory McIlroy off the top of the leaderboard in the second round of the Open Championship.



Oosthuizen, two shots behind leader Rory McIlroy overnight, added a 67 to his opening 65 for a 12-under-par halfway total of 132 and a three-shot lead over McIlroy, who was among the afternoon starters.

In the second group out today at 6:41am, Oosthuizen survived the wildly fluctuating weather to fire seven birdies and two bogeys, including three in a row from the fifth.

"When we got to the fifth the rain was coming down pretty hard and the back nine didn't look too bright at that stage, but we got lucky at 13 when the wind stopped and turned so we played the last five holes downwind," the 27-year-old said.

"I knew I needed to keep calm throughout the round because I knew it was going to be a tough day and I'm very, very happy."

Oosthuizen, who was a collective 23 over par for his three previous Open appearances before this week, holed from three, four and 10ft for his hat-trick of birdies from the fifth, before driving the green on the 386-yard 10th to set up another birdie.

Further birdies on the 12th and 14th were sandwiched between two bogeys, but the former world junior champion also birdied the last with two putts from long range to complete an excellent round.

After ensuring a late tee time for Saturday afternoon - and only a second made cut in his ninth major - before noon on Friday, Oosthuizen added: "I've never been done so early to be honest. There's more than a day (between rounds).

"I'll watch a bit of golf and try to relax."

American Ricky Barnes had looked like being Oosthuizen's closest challenger when he went out in 32 and birdied the 10th as well to reach nine under, but he then ran up a double bogey seven on the 14th after tangling with one of the Old Course's fearsome fairway bunkers.

England's Paul Casey, reportedly suffering from a bad chest infection, had nevertheless started with three straight birdies and picked up two more to reach the turn in 31.

Four straight pars from the 10th left the Ryder Cup star alone in third on eight under par.

McIlroy, at 21 looking to become the youngest winner of the Open since Willie Auchterlonie in 1893, was not due to start his second round until 1:31pm, but world number three Lee Westwood was one under for the day and six under overall.

Westwood, who has been struggling with a torn calf muscle, picked up a birdie on the fifth and had carded 11 pars despite the occasional heavy showers and fickle breeze.

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