Louis Oosthuizen ties 36-hole record at British, leads Open

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On Thursday, the talk was all about which draw was better for the players. Most of the early guys in the first round of the Open Championship had it best with little wind early in the morning, while the afternoon guys battled gusts and couldn't go as low.

One name that didn't struggle late in the first round was Louis Oosthuizen, the South African that is giving all the announcers grief with how exactly to pronounce his last name (Go with woost-HAY-zen). The 27-year-old from Mossel Bay posted a second-round 67 at St. Andrews to not only take the lead at 12-under, but tie the 36-hole scoring record at the British Open, a number he shares with Nick Faldo and Greg Norman.

His two-round total of 132 has been highlighted by 15 birdies and just three bogeys, and he's hit 30 of 32 fairways at the Old Course.

So who is this guy?

Well, you may remember his name from this year's Masters, when he won the Par-3 Contest. Also, he won his first European Tour event this year at the Open de Andalucia de Golf. Where he is will be quite a different feeling than past majors. In eight major championships previous, Ooosthuizen has made the cut just once, and that ended up being a 73rd-place finish at the 2008 PGA Championship.

He admitted after his Thursday round that he isn't a huge fan of the rain and had to focus during a round that included basically all elements that Mother Nature can toss at the players.

With Oosthuizen in the clubhouse after rounds of 65-67, and most of the other leaders yet to even tee off, there will be plenty of time to swallow exactly what he has done in two days at the home of golf. While the pressure will surely build up by Saturday, nobody can take away the fact that he has played as good a two days of golf at this championship as anyone in history. Not a bad title to hold seeing as how this is the 139th edition of this event.

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