Louis Oosthuizen: went on a birdie blitz, carding seven of them in a row at TPC Boston
Louis Oosthuizen carded a sensational 63 to move into a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.Having begun Sunday one shot behind overnight leader Rory McIlroy, the South African proceeded to cover the front nine at TPC Boston in a tournament-record 29 shots.He had a run of seven straight birdies starting from the fourth having already picked up a shot at the second, moving him five clear at one stage.Third round leaderboard(US unless stated)
-19 L Oosthuizen (SA)
-16 R McIlroy (NI)
-13 D Johnson
-13 T WoodsClick here for collated scores
However while he slowed down after the turn, including bogeying the 17th after missing the green, McIlroy cut the gap thanks to four birdies on the back nine.
The Northern Irishman - looking to match Tiger Woods with his third PGA Tour win of the season - signed for a 67, leaving him sitting alone in second place on 16 under.
"Louis put on a display out there," McIlroy, who played alongside the red-hot Oosthuizen, said afterwards. "I was delighted when I got the honour back on the 12th tee.
"I've come from farther behind before. It's going to be an interesting day on Monday."
Oosthuizen has the number '57' displayed on his left sleeve, a reference to the score he once signed for at Mossel Bay back in his homeland.
"It was obviously probably the start anyone would dream of on that front nine," the 2010 Open champion said. "I made everything, so you get those days where you just look at a putt and you hole it.
"Every putt had perfect speed. I told Rory, 'Sorry, but you've got to take it
when you can."'
American pair Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods are tied for third place three shots further back after respective rounds of 65 and 68.
Ryan Moore and and Bryce Molder, who is 93rd in the FedEx Cup standings and needs a good finish on Monday to make the cut of 70 players to go forward to Indianapolis next week, are on 11-under.
Despite being six shots off the lead, Woods has not given up hope of victory after a host of low scores this week.
"I'm going to have to put together one of those rounds," Woods said. "It won't surprise me if somebody shoots eight or nine under par tomorrow because of where the pin locations are.
"Somebody is going to go out there and do it. It may be early, it may be late, who knows? But hopefully, I'm one of those guys."