Oosthuizen Threatens Record in 2012 Deutsche Bank: A Fan's Take

Louis Oosthuizen Leads in Perfect Playing Conditions at TPC Boston

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To say Louis Oosthuizen played well on Sunday, September 2nd, would be an understatement. Playing in the third round of the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event in the PGA Tour's FedEx Playoffs, he strung together seven consecutive birdies from the fourth to tenth holes and posted an eight-under par score of 63. He has taken command of the tournament, three shots ahead of Rory McIlroy in second place. Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods are tied for third, six shots behind.

This is the tenth year that the Deutsche Bank Championship has been played at the TPC Boston course in Norton, Massachusetts, with a history of low scores. The 72-hole record is a 22-under par total of 262, set in 2008 by Vijay Singh and tied by Charley Hoffman in 2010.

This weekend Louis Oosthuizen has just gotten better and better, having posted scores of 66 on Friday, 65 on Saturday, and the spectacular 63 on Sunday. Sitting on a 19-under par total of 194, through 54 holes, he can break the all-time Deutsche Bank Championship record with a 67 in Monday's final round.

With another sunny day forecast, with very little chance of rain and winds of less than ten miles an hour, it sets up as another perfect day for scoring. I fully expect Louis Oosthuizen to post a score of 67 (or better) in the final round, setting a new 72-hole record for the tournament. The only question is whether the 29-year-old South African, and 2010 British Open champion, will be hoisting the tournament winner's trophy.

The course record at TPC Boston is a 61, set in 2006 by Vijay Singh and tied by Mike Weir in 2008. Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and Tiger Woods have each posted a score of 65 or better already in this weekend's tournament. It is not unreasonable to say that each of the three challengers are capable of matching the course record, at 61, especially in this year's playing conditions, forcing Oosthuizen to do better than a 67.

My prediction is that Louis Oosthuizen will set a new 72-hole record and win the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship, but that he will not post the lowest score of the final round.

Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.



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