NORTON, Mass. – What a front nine for Louis Oosthuizen.
The South African shot a stunning 7-under 29 on his first nine holes in Sunday’s third round at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He made the turn riding a streak of six consecutive birdies.
The 29 is a record-low for the front nine at TPC Boston.
Oosthuizen has rolled in four putts from 20 feet or longer, including a 42-footer at the par-3 eighth and a 23-footer at the par-4 ninth.
In addition, he’s hit all nine greens in regulation.
UPDATE (4:08 p.m. ET): Oosthuizen makes it seven straight birdies, thanks to a terrific approach at the par-4 10th. He’s now 8 under on his round through 10 holes and chasing perhaps not only the course record of 61 but a chance at 59.
The seven consecutve birdies is a tournament record.
UPDATE (4:16 p.m. ET): The birdie streak is over. Oosthuizen couldn’t roll in his birdie putt from 21 feet, 11 inches on the par-3 11th and settled for par to remain 19 under.
Meanwhile, playing partner Rory McIlroy made birdie and is now the closest pursuer at 14 under.
For Oosthuizen to shoot 59, he’ll need four birdies in his remaining seven holes. He only has one par-5 left, at the 18th.
TOUR pro @ArronOberholser tweeted: “Louis is in the most ridiculous zone I have ever seen. He is hovering above his own body watching himself play golf. #awesome”
OOSTHUIZEN’S BIRDIE BINGE
A look at the eight birdies in Louis Oosthuizen’s first 10 holes on Sunday at TPC Boston
|Par-5 2nd||Laid up with 2nd shot; wedge to 1 feet, 3 inches; made birdie putt|
|Par-4 4th||Second shot from 64 feet to 6 feet, 9 inches; made birdie putt|
|Par-4 5th||Second shot to 20 feet; made birdie putt||Click to watch|
|Par-4 6th||Second shot to 20 feet, 4 inches; made birdie putt||Click to watch|
|Par-5 7th||Made birdie putt from 4 feet, 10 inches|
|Par-3 8th||Tee shot to 41 feet, 9 inches; made birdie putt||Click to watch|
|Par-4 9th||Second shot to 23 feet, 2 inches; made birdie putt||Click to watch|
|Par-4 10th||Second shot to 2 feet, 1 inch; made birdie putt||Click to watch|
- Louis Oosthuizen
- Deutsche Bank Championship