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Sport Louis Oosthuizen holds on to share of lead at weather-affected US Open

21:31  18 june  2021
21:31  18 june  2021 Source:   golf365.com

Golf-Oosthuizen has no regrets about hitting driver at 17

  Golf-Oosthuizen has no regrets about hitting driver at 17 Golf-Oosthuizen has no regrets about hitting driver at 17SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - One poor drive ultimately cost Louis Oosthuizen a chance of winning the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on Sunday but the South African said he would probably take the risky shot on again if he was given the chance.

Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen held on to a share of the lead when the weather-affected US Open resumed at Torrey Pines on Friday.

Louis Oosthuizen wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: 2.60422663.jpg © PA Images 2.60422663.jpg

Oosthuizen faced a birdie putt on his penultimate hole when play was suspended late on Thursday evening, a legacy of a 90-minute fog delay earlier in the day.

The South African raced the birdie attempt seven feet past the hole but calmly holed the return, before also parring the ninth to complete a 67.

That left Oosthuizen alongside Russell Henley on four under par, although he faced a quick turnaround before beginning round two.

Francesco Molinari and Rafa Cabrera Bello were a shot off the lead, with two-time winner Brooks Koepka, pre-tournament favourite Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele among those another stroke back.

Rory McIlroy, who had been a combined 35 over par in the first round of majors since 2015, was one under par after making a birdie on the 18th late on Thursday, partly thanks to playing partner Justin Rose.

Rose struggled to a 78 but ensured that his group were able to finish their round by running to the 18th and teeing off before play was suspended, almost hitting Sergio Garcia up ahead in the fairway.

US Open: Henley Always Coleader with Oosthuizen and Hughes, Dehambeau and McIlroy in ambush

 US Open: Henley Always Coleader with Oosthuizen and Hughes, Dehambeau and McIlroy in ambush © AFP Bryson Dechammbeau Regular candidate at the victory in the major tournament, Louis Oosthuizen has returned a monstrous putt on the last hole in the southern course of Torrey Pines to hoist among the three Coleaders to -5 in total, during the third round of the US Open on Saturday. South African is one of an amazing head trio, with the American Russell Henley and the Canadian Mackenzie Hughes.

“Better putting in the dark,” McIlroy joked to the remaining spectators after holing from eight feet to complete a 70.

“I was sort of like, I think it’s straight, I’ll hit it straight and we’ll see. But, yeah, it was nice to get in, get an extra hour of sleep tonight and it was a bonus to birdie in as well.”

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