Popular South African golfer, Louis Oosthuizen shot a -6 under par 64 on Saturday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, and has a piece of the 54 hole lead at TPC Four Seasons Resort. The 31 year-old former Open Champ got off to a slow start on Saturday afternoon, but light up the back nine for five birdies, and no bogeys and slept on a one-shot lead with University of Georgia star, Brendon Todd.
After winning the 2010 Open Championship at the old course in St. Andrews, Oosthuizen, who is from Mossel Bay, South Africa, fell on some hard-times with back, and neck issues over the past couple of years. He looks to have his game back on-track, and is ready to start competing again.
Oosthuizen lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson’s phenominal 9 iron shot at the 2012 Masters, and has won five European Tour events since his 2010 Open victory, but has never won a PGA event on American soil.
“It’s taking me a bit longer to really get my game where I want it to be,” said Oosthuizen, who has endured neck and back injuries the last couple of years. In fact, a year ago at this event, he had to withdraw after 54 holes with a neck injury. “Hopefully this weekend can kick off something and get my game on the track that I want it to be.”
Louis Oosthuizen’s last win came at the Volvo Championship back in January at the Durban Country Club in Durban South Africa. He successfully defended his 2013 win by beating fellow countryman, Branden Grace.
He has finished in the top 25 at all four majors, but has only the one win at St. Andrews.
Brenden Todd and Oosthuizen will tee it up together on Sunday afternoon, and have a one-shot lead over James Hahn, Gary Woodland, and another major champ, Mike Weir. Another three-time major champ, Padraig Harrington, is playing well and is only two back.
It should be a nice finale’ in Las Colinas, Texas on Sunday afternoon.