Louis Oosthuizen Leads Three Way Race At Volvo Golf Championships

By Les Bailey
Louis Oosthuizen
Debby Wong-US Presswire

On a rainy day in South Africa, former Open winner, Louis Oosthuizen fired a bogey free eight-under par 64 at the Volvo Golf Championships in Durban South Africa on Friday to take a one shot lead over Tongchai Jaidee from Thailand, and 2013 Mandela Championship winner Scott Jamieson from Scotland. Thomas Bjorn, and Paul Lawrie lead a group of six golfers in fourth place seven strokes back when the third round gets underway on Saturday.

By rolling in a 30 foot birdie putt on the final hole, and a one stroke lead where he should have won a new car for leading at the halfway, but asked for an excavator for his farm instead. The digger was then presented to Oosthuizen because he had been promised it rather than a car if he was part of the winning team on the day with Jaidee and amateur Colin Ledwith, a two-handicap member at Canons Brook in Essex, England.

Jaidee who was the day one leader, had a nice round, with an eagle three at the 501 yard par 5 eighth hole, but immediately gave a stroke back at nine. He just could find a birdie late that would pull him even with the leader, and ended up with a four-under par 68 on the day. Jamieson matched Oosthuizen with a eight-under par 64 of his own, but a bogey at the 11th hole would keep him one stroke back.

Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsearts shot a five-under par 67 to equal Cupper, Francisco Molinari at four-under for the tournament and  veteran Ernie Els. Late entry, Padraig Harrington is having trouble getting on-track and shot one-under par 71 on Friday.

The Durban Country Club, which is in the Shadows of the the World Cup stadium, was pelted with rain, and pretty foul weather on Friday. Players were tasked with trying to keep equipment and gloves dry in between shots, as well as wet, muddy fairways. The greens were slow due to excessive moisture.

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