Tour Report: Quick wrap-up: Oosthuizen up by 3

Mike McAllister
Oosthuizen birdies No. 18

In the third round of the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship, Louis Oosthuizen hits his 70-yard third shot on the par-5 18th hole to 11 feet and makes the birdie putt.

NORTON, Mass. – Thanks to a record-setting opening nine holes, Louis Oosthuizen will take a three-shot lead entering Monday’s final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

For the second straight day, he will be paired in the final group with Rory McIlroy, his closest pursuer.

Oosthuizen shot a 8-under 63 in which he did most of his damage on the first 10 holes. Oosthuizen shot a tournament-record 7-under 29 on the front nine, then birdied the 10th to go 8 under on his round.

“Obviously, probably the start anyone would dream of,” Oosthuizen said. “I made everything. You get these days where you just look at a putt and hole it.”

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

Oosthuizen said it crossed his mind after 10 holes that he was in a position to shoot 59. “I gave myself good chances to post that number,” he said.

But from there, Oosthuizen’s putter cooled off. He continued striking the ball well, but had to settle for a series of pars until a bogey at the 17th. He bounced back with birdie at the par-5 18th to finish at 19 under through the first three days.

His total of 194 also sets a tournament record, as does the seven consecutive birdies he made between hole Nos. 4-10. He’ll be looking for his first PGA TOUR win since romping to victory at the 2010 British Open.

McIlroy, the 36-hole leader, shot a 4-under 67 to move to 16 under.

“I’ve come from farther behind before,” McIlroy said. “It’s going to be an interesting day tomorrow.”

Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods are tied for third, but well off the pace at 13 under.