Oosthuizen puts on a display

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Louis Oosthuizen will take a three-shot lead into the final day at the Deutsche Bank Championship after a birdie-laden third round.

Louis Oosthuizen will take a three-shot lead into the final day at the Deutsche Bank Championship after a birdie-laden third round.

The former Open champion trailed playing partner Rory McIlroy by one shot coming into Sunday and he soon found himself two shots behind after the world number one birdied the first two holes while he could only pick up one shot.

Oosthuizen, though, was not to be outdone and he birdied seven holes in a row starting at the par-four fourth, followed it up his a bogey at 17 and another birdie at the par-five 18th for an eight-under-par 63 and a total of 19-under 194.

The South African has a history of shooting low rounds as he once carded a 57 on his home course in Mossel Bay.

“This felt similar, except that I was playing with friends and not in a big tournament like this one,” he said.

“Every putt had perfect speed. I told Rory, ‘Sorry, but you’ve got to take it when you can’.”

He added: “I went at most of the pins. Once I started getting birdies, making putts, I started going at the pins because my swing felt great, and after 10 holes being eight-under, you always think about getting it to 59. I didn’t do anything different from there on in.”

McIlroy knows he is not out of it yet as he finished his third round of 67 with six birdies and two bogeys.

“Louis put on a display right there,” the Northern Irishman said. “I was delighted when I got the honour back on the 12th tee.”

He added: “I’ve come from farther behind before. It’s going to be an interesting day tomorrow.”

Tiger Woods, who carded a 68, is tied for third on 13-under-par with fellow American Dustin Johnson, who shot a 65.

Woods admits he needs to shoot something similar to Oosthuizen’s eight-under or Keegan Bradley, who carded a 63 on Sunday.

“I’m going to have to put together one of those rounds,” he said.

“It won’t surprise me if somebody shoots eight- or nine-under par tomorrow because of where the pin locations are. Somebody is going to go out there and do it. It may be early, it may be late, who knows? But hopefully, I’m one of those guys.”

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