Louis Oosthuizen Holds Four-Shot Lead At 2010 British Open

July 17th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Entering the third round of the 2010 British Open At St. Andrews, one main question was on the mind.  How would 36-hole leader and virtual unknown Louis Oosthuizen hold up to the pressure of trying to win a major championship?

After the conclusion of the round on Saturday, and Oosthuizen’s 3-under par round of 69 and relative flawless play considering the circumstances, all doubters were silenced, at least for one day.

The South African entered the third round with a five shot lead over the field, and closed it out with a four-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round at the Old Course.  Now, if Oosthuizen can hold it together for one more round, it would take a super-human performance from another player in the field to run him down.

Oosthuizen controls a four-stroke advantage over Paul Casey of England, who carded a five-under par round of 67 to rocket up the leader-board, and remain at least in the striking distance.

“I don’t think anyone was thinking I was going to be up there,” Oosthuizen said after his round on Saturday. “You’ve heard yourself, no one can actually say my surname, so they don’t even know who I am out there. It’s great being up there. I just want to enjoy everything about it. I loved it out there. It was great fun for me. And hopefully, tomorrow will be the same.”

“The Open at St. Andrews would be something special,” Oosthuizen added. “It’s one of those things you dream of.”

Casey will also be trying to win his first major championship in his career, and his playing arguably the best golf this year.

“I’m loving the fact I’m playing absolutely great golf and I’m four shots behind Louis,” Casey said after his round of 67.

The leader board is flooded with international players, as very few Americans remain in contention through three rounds at the Old Course.

That includes world No.1 Tiger Woods and No.2 Phil Mickelson.

Woods struggled for the second-straight day on the greens, which led to a one-over par round of 73 for the second consecutive round after opening with a 67.

“I’m playing better than my position,” remarked Woods after his Saturday round. “I certainly have had a lot more putts on the greens than I ever have, and that’s something that has basically kept me out of being in the final few groups.”

Mickelson recorded a round of 70 on Saturday after making a double bogey on the Par-4 16th hole and remains double-digit shots behind.

Oosthuizen and Casey will no doubt be the favorites heading into the final round, with both knowing what lies ahead of them.

“I’m having a great time, and I’m going to go out there tomorrow and enjoy myself and have a good attitude,” Casey said. “I know what this golf course can do. It can give you some great moments, and it can give you some horrible ones.”

Revised betting odds on USA Online Sportsbooks have the duo as the top-two favorites to win the Open, with Oosthuizen leading the way.

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