AVONDALE, La. — Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen acquired away with an unremarkable first 11 holes Saturday on the Zurich Basic earlier than lifting his group atop the leaderboard with a ending flourish.
Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel birdied six of their closing eight holes at a windy TPC Louisiana to shoot a 9-under 63 and take a one-shot lead at 19-under 197 into Sunday’s closing spherical of the PGA Tour’s lone regular-season group occasion.
“It was a really tough first 10 holes for me,” Oosthuizen stated, referring to his incapability to get a single birdie in greatest ball play throughout that stretch, when Schwartzel carried the group by making three of his 5 third-round birdies.
Schwartzel acquired the South African pair going when he birdied No. 4 with a virtually 58-foot putt.
“To start with, it was all on him,” Oosthuizen stated.
However Oosthuizen birdied No. 12 and the ultimate three holes, highlighted by his 33-foot putt on the par-3 seventeenth. Oosthuizen missed an eagle on the par-5 18th by 4 inches earlier than tapping in for the lead whereas carrying a considerably disgusted look due to his narrowly missed earlier putt from practically 17 ft.
Oosthuizen then allowed a smile whereas fist-bumping Schwartzel in acknowledgment of a profitable spherical that included 9 birdies.
Now Oosthuizen heads into Sunday in pole place for his first PGA Tour triumph since successful at St. Andrews in 2010. Schwartzel has not received since 2016 on the Valspar Championship performed close to Tampa.
The event will shut with an alternate-shot spherical.
“It is going to be robust tomorrow,” Oosthuizen stated. “Anybody inside 4 photographs of the lead has acquired an opportunity with the format that it’s tomorrow. … The best way the wind is the entire week, I believe the golf course performs very robust, particularly in alternate-shot.”
In all, 17 groups had been not more than 4 strokes again.
Australians Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith additionally shot a 63 to maneuver right into a tie for second at 18 underneath with Cameron Champ and Tony Finau, who shot a 67 after Finau’s tap-in birdie.
“Cam is taking part in nice, placing nice. I am feeling lots higher over the ball right this moment than I did the primary two rounds,” Leishman stated. “If I can play good, Cam retains doing what he is doing, I believe we have got likelihood.”
Watson stated his group had day in gentle of the circumstances, whilst they rued birdie putts that missed by an inch on 6 and a pair of inches on 7.
“We had a pair putts that broke a technique however the wind was coming the opposite manner, so it made it very tough,” Watson stated.
Saturday’s motion included some distinctive photographs by gamers additional again within the subject, together with Sam Ryder‘s double eagle from 206 yards on the par-5 second gap and Wyndham Clark‘s 106-yard method from the muddy fringe of a water hazard on 16.
Clark stood within the water in naked ft along with his pants rolled up and splattered nearly all of himself with mud as he despatched his ball to the sting of the inexperienced, about 15 ft from the opening, from the place he made par.
“The very first thing that went by my thoughts was snakes,” Clark stated. “After which I used to be like, nicely, there’s alligators throughout this golf course proper now … and it is also one of many ponds the place there’s large ones.
“I acquired in fast, and inside most likely 15 seconds of being in there I pulled the set off,” Clark added.
Clark and teammate Erik van Rooyen had been among the many groups at 15 underneath.
Ryder and Doc Redman, who shot a third-round 66, had been tied for nineteenth at 13 underneath.