South African Oosthuizen, first leader of the British Open

Louis Oosthuizen, during his premiere at the Open.

Louis Oosthuizen, during his premiere at the Open.

South African Louis Oosthuizen, number 13 in the world, is the first British Open golf leader after delivering a 64-shot card (6 under par) on Thursday at the Royal St George’s GC (Sandwich, Kent), with which he outscored Americans Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman, both with -5. The first day was gray for the Spanish Jon Rahm, world number 2, who finished with 71 (+1).

The South African, who already knows what it is to win this tournament (2010), demonstrated the value of his seniority and made an impeccable journey. After a discreet start, with 7 pairs in a row, he began to chain birdie after birdie, until he finished with 6 on his locker, without failures.

Oosthuizen struggles to add the second ‘big’ in his record after staying this year on the verge of triumph in the US Open, in which Jon Rahm won after signing a brilliant last day (-3) that served him to surpass the South African in a blow and win his first ‘major’ .

A blow from the leader (-5) are the Americans Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman. Spieth, a former world number one, is another of those who have savored the honeys of triumph at the British Open (2017), and, at 27, is pursuing his fourth ‘big’, after winning the US Open and the Masters tournament in 2015.

Rahm, who in addition to seeking to win his second ‘big’ will also try to regain the world number one that he gave up last Sunday, suffered excessively from the double bogey committed on hole 9, a par 4 closed with six strokes, and which came in the par after the bogey made at 5 and quickly compensated with a birdie at 6. Like last week in Scotland, he missed his putt again.

The Spaniard, after that ‘puncture’, was not in tune in the second half of the round, where he signed until the 18th. There, on the last hole he recovered his brilliance and took a birdie that, at least, made up a tour worse than expected.


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