Louis closing in on dream title
Louis Oosthuizen will never forgot watching fellow South African Ernie Els land The Open and hoping it would happen to him.
Louis Oosthuizen is in sight of his first major title eight years after watching fellow South African Ernie Els land The Open and thinking: “Wow – I hope that happens to me.”
Oosthuizen, nicknamed ‘Shrek’ and wearing a fitting green for his third round, saw his five-shot halfway lead cut by only one by England’s Paul Casey.
“I was quite a bit nervous on the first, but during the round it was great,” he said.
“I got myself together and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. It’s not every day you play in the final group leading The Open and I am going to go out and enjoy the moment.”
He is 15 under par, with Casey 11 under following a 67 and then there is a further three-shot gap to German Martin Kaymer (68).
Oosthuizen said his day did not begin well as he watched New Zealand beat the Springboks 31-17, but it certainly got better.
“It would mean everything to win. An Open at St Andrews would be something special. One of those things you dream of.”
Els rang him before he played to wish him luck and to tell him: “Just have fun.”
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