SEVEN BIRDIES in a row have helped Louis Oosthuizen to a three stroke lead going into the final day of the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston.
With a deadly putting stroke matching his usual silky swing, Oosthuizen shot a 29 on the front nine to race past playing partner Rory McIlroy and leave Tiger Woods in his wake.
At one stage looking for a score well into the fifties, the birdies didn’t come so easily on the back – until the last hole.
The 29 year old former British Open winner finished with an 8-under 63 to go to 19-under for the tournament – the second of four events in the FedEx Cup Playoff series.
Oosthuizen had a “57” on the left sleeve of his shirt, a reference to the score he once had at home in Mossel Bay in South Africa.
“This felt similar, except that I was playing with friends and not in a big tournament like this one,” Oosthuizen said.
Oosthuizen birdied the second hole and then 4 through 10 straight before a lone blemish on 17.
“Every putt had perfect speed,” said Oosthuizen, who made four putts of at least 20 feet during his streak of birdies. “I told Rory, `Sorry, but you’ve got to take it when you can.”
Overnight leader McIlroy (67) ended alone in second place on 16-under with Dustin Johnson (65) and Woods (68) tied for third on 13-under.
The leading Aussie is John Senden (70) on 8-under with Adam Scott (68) next on 7-under.
Day and Baddeley have work to do
The top 70 from here go through to the third event of the series, the BMW Championship.
On current standings the projected FedEx Cup standings see Senden (25th), Scott (34th), Greg Chalmers (currently 3-under, 35th projected FedEx rank), Marc Leishman (Even, 39th), Geoff Ogilvy (1-over, 60th) safe, while Aaron Baddeley (1-under, 81st) and Jason Day (Even, 87th) have work to do if they are to remain in the race for the US$10 million winners cheque.
The Deutsche Bank Championship traditionally finishes on a Monday in the US (Tuesday in Australia) to coincide with their Labour Day holiday.
Following the completion of the event the Ryder Cup teams will also be finalised.2012 Deutsche Bank Championship Leaderboard 2012 FedExCup Points Table