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Rory tips hat to 63 by Oosthuizen

FORMER Open champion Louis Oosthuizen took a three-shot lead into today's final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship after a brilliant 63 at TPC Boston.

LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN began the day one shot behind playing partner Rory McIlroy and watched as the world number one birdied the first two holes.

However, the South African also picked up a shot on the par-five second and then fired seven birdies in succession from the fourth.

That meant a tournament-record 29 on the front nine and although his birdie on the 10th was followed by six pars and a bogey, a closing birdie on the par-five 18th saw the 29-year-old finish 19-under par.

"Louis put on a display right there," McIlroy said last night. "I was delighted when I got the honour back on the 12th tee."

McIlroy returned a 67 to finish three behind on 16 under, adding: "I've come from farther behind before. It's going to be an interesting day tomorrow."

Dustin Johnson continued his quest for a Ryder Cup wild card with a 65 to move into third place on 13 under alongside Tiger Woods, who carded a 68.

Oosthuizen said: "Every putt had perfect speed. I told Rory, 'Sorry, but you've got to take it when you can'."

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.

Ramsey on Masters high

Richie Ramsay claimed the second European Tour victory of his career after winning the Omega European Masters title by four shots at Crans-sur-Sierre in the Swiss Alps.

The Scot followed up a blemish-free 64 in his third round with a five-under-par 66 today which sees him move up to €763,254 in the race to Dubai.

Five birdies on the opening nine holes set up the 29-year-old, and although he bogeyed 13 and 17, an eagle on the par-five 14 made sure of victory.

"I played really well," Ramsay, whose previous title came at the South African Open Championship three years ago, said. "I couldn't be happier."

There was a four-way tie for second, with Marcus Fraser, Fredrik Andersson Hed, Romain Wattel and Danny Willett four shots back.


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