South Africa's Oosthuizen Finishes 67 To Share US Open Lead
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Fri 18th June 2021 | 10:06 PM
South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen sank two clutch par putts Friday morning to keep a share of the lead after the darkness-halted first round of the 121st US Open at Torrey Pines
La Jolla, United States, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jun, 2021 ) :South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen sank two clutch par putts Friday morning to keep a share of the lead after the darkness-halted first round of the 121st US Open at Torrey Pines.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion who began on the back nine, sank a seven-footer at the par-3 eighth and a six-footer at the par-5 ninth to finish off a four-under par 67 and match American Russell Henley for the 18-hole lead.
"Good so far. Lots of golf left, but a good start. Just want to focus on the second round," Oosthuizen said Friday. "Those two putts, take a lot of confidence out of that coming into this next round." World number 18 Oosthuizen was among 36 players still on the course when play was halted Thursday, the result of a 90-minute morning fog delay at the formidable oceanside layout.
"I'm glad I didn't have to do that last night with greens being a lot bumpier," Oosthuizen said. "It was probably a bit faster this morning than it would have been last night, but I couldn't see anything last night." Oosthuizen, who has never won on US soil, has finished second in five majors since his breakthrough victory 11 years ago at St. Andrews, most recently at last month's PGA Championship.
"I still need to get myself in a good spot Sunday and hopefully then I'm going to have a good day," Oosthuizen said. "This golf course, there's a lot of things that can go sideways quickly, so you need to keep focus and play well and be calm.
"With a US Open, I know you've got to be so patient, just knowing that everyone is going to make mistakes and just try and do as well as you can." World number 63 Henley, who hasn't won a PGA title since the 2017 Houston Open, has never finished in the top 10 in a major.
The pack was nearly joined by Sebastian Munoz but a closing double bogey dropped the Colombian to 71.
Rahm's US Open preparations were disrupted after he was sent into Covid-19 quarantine last week following a spectacular third round at the Memorial, forced to withdraw after taking a six-shot lead for 54 holes.
- Twilight run for Rory - Trying to finish before dark Thursday produced a wild closing spectacle with four-time major winner Rory McIlroy running up the 18th fairway to complete a 70 in the twilight gloom.
Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, who struggled to a 73, was at the driving range in the dark working on his trademark long tee shots.
Hometown star Phil Mickelson, trying for a seventh career major win to complete a career Grand Slam, stumbled to an opening 75, managing only one birdie.
The left-hander, who turned 51 on Wednesday, has finished second a record six times in US Opens.
Mickelson won last month's PGA crown at Kiawah Island to become the oldest major champion in golf history.