Louis Oosthuizen vows to ‘play my heart out’ in final round of The Open after South African leader survives the wobble to maintain one stroke ahead of the decider on Sandwich
- Louis Oosthuizen has vowed to ‘play my heart out’ in the final round of The Open The
- The South African has a one-stroke lead en route to Sunday’s decision
- The 38-year-old survived a mid-lap wobble to Collin Morikawa. to hold off
- Oosthuizen hasn’t won a major since 2010 and has always been unlucky
Louis Oosthuizen vowed to “play my heart out” as he bids to get lucky for the third time today and win the Open.
The silky South African survived a mid-lap wobble and took a one-shot lead over Collin Morikawa into the final day.
The 38-year-old, who finished runner-up in the USPGA Championship and the US Open this season, said: “When you finish second you never feel good and the goal is of course to take it one step further and finish my second Claret Jug. to win.’
Louis Oosthuizen has vowed to ‘play my heart out’ in the all-important final round of The Open
The silky South African endured a mid-round wobble on Saturday in Sandwich, Kent
“I certainly didn’t swing it freely today, I was sitting everywhere with iron shots and I felt like I was holding it together there at the end,” Oosthuizen told Sky Sports.
“The R&A was not happy with the low score and they placed some pins that were questionable. (But) I’m very excited, it’s a great position. I have to play well tomorrow and see if I can get rid of those loose swings.’
Jon Rahm, who birdied the last two holes at Torrey Pines last month to pilot Oosthuizen to the US Open title, agreed with the South African’s assessment of pin positions, despite playing his last seven holes in three under to keep his hopes alive.
“Due to the weather conditions, it’s easy to think it could have been a little better, but the pin locations were no joke,” the Spaniard said.
Oosthuizen has been cool all week and is on the eve of a new major
It’s been 11 long years since the South African last won, he’s always been unlucky
“I don’t know if you’d appreciate it on TV, but those are some of the hardest pin locations I’ve ever seen.”
Paul Casey and Andy Sullivan headed the fading England challenge at five under, with defending champion Shane Lowry on the same score after two late birdies in his 69.
Scottish Robert MacIntyre was four under after completing a 65 brilliantly with a birdie on the 18th, the 60-foot left-handed hole from a similar location to where Sandy Lyle nearly fell unlucky on the 72nd hole of his 1985 title win.
“Of course it was a bonus there when he was 18,” said the 24-year-old, who finished sixth on his Open debut at Royal Portrush in 2019 and has made the cut in all seven of his major appearances to date.
Oosthuizen has to decline Collin Morikawa’s challenge in the fourth and final round of Sunday
“You don’t expect to make a hole, you’re just trying to get in two. But my pace was great all day and I managed to put a good pace on it, had a decent line and it went in.”
The expected attack by world number one Dustin Johnson and four-time big winner Brooks Koepka did not materialize, Johnson carded a 73 and Koepka shot 72 to be four and three under respectively.
Bryson DeChambeau, whose opening lap complaint that his driver ‘sucks’ sparked an angry response from his club manufacturers, was in second group on Saturday, shooting 72 to finish three.