Posted: 10th December 2011
Louis Oosthuizen produced another stunning round at the Dubai World Championship to sit in third place heading into the final day.
A superb eagle at the par 5 seventh helped the South African to a 66 which leaves him on -11, three shots behind tournament leader Alvaro Quiros.
Playing with Luke Donald who also shot 66, Oosthuizen went to the turn in 34 but fired birdies on 10, 11, 16 and 16 with no dropped shots.
The 2010 Open champion carded a level par 72 on day one and seems to be getter stronger with each round. He will again tee off with Luke Donald in the final round where the Englishman holds a two shot lead over his only Race to Dubai challenger, Rory McIlroy.
Even if McIlroy wins, Donald can finish tied ninth or better to seal the money list in both Europe and America.
Charl Schwartzel is also well in contention after carding a four under par 68. The Masters champion hit a hat-trick of birdies on 14,15 and 16 to come home in 32. He is -8 for the tournament, six shots off the Spaniard’s lead.
Lee Westwood produced his second successive 69 to go five under and admitted he will need something in the very low 60s to have any chance on Sunday.
He said: “Another 69. Bit too far back but a 62 could do some damage.”
At the final stage of EuropeanTour Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya, Spain, Scott Pinckney, Branden Grace and Espen Kofstad are all on -4 in a tie for 12th after round one. The rest of the 12-strong ISM field still have time to get into the all-important top 30 with another five rounds to go.
At the Hero Women's Indian Open, in Delhi, England's Florentyna Parker is in a tie for seventh on -3 going into the final round on Sunday.