Tuesday 21 November 2017

Oosthuizen's hot streak continues with sizzling 67 in Sweden

Mark Garrod in Stockholm

The Louis Oosthuizen show just kept on rolling yesterday after the new British Open champion swapped St Andrews for Stockholm and starred again.

Not wanting to give a poor display -- and fearing he might after failing to break par in the curtain-raising pro-am -- Oosthuizen scored a five-under 67 to share the lead after the first round of the Nordea Scandinavian Masters at Bro Hof.

The 27-year-old South African, a runaway seven-shot winner at the Home of Golf last Sunday, admits he is looking forward to going home next week, but it might be with another title under his belt.

Only Australian left-hander Richard Green and American Dustin Johnson -- the player who blew the US Open with a closing 82 last month -- could match his opening effort. "I had a good sleep, but I woke up tired again and the win has definitely drained me," said Oosthuizen. "But the crowds were unbelievable, cheering me onto every green and every tee.

"I wanted to play nicely. The last thing I wanted was to put on a bad show and it was important not to think too much about next week."

Leader for the last three rounds in Scotland, the Claret Jug holder kicked off with a birdie, followed with eight pars and then came home in a superb 32.

That even included a trip to the water on the long 13th, but he came back from a six there with birdies at the next two and finished in style with a 30-footer for another.

Ballymoney's Michael Hoey was best of the Irish after the opening day, finishing up with a tidy two-under-par 70 to lie in a tie for 13th place. Gary Murphy fired a solid level-par 72.

Kells man Damien McGrane ended his day tied for 64th spot after a one-over 73 that included two bogeys and just one birdie while Simon Thornton also signed for a 73 that was slightly more eventful. The Down player managed four birdies, but also found time for three bogeys and a double-bogey. Peter Lawrie has work to do to make the cut after an opening 74.

  • American Vance Veazey was the early leader in the opening round of the RBC Canadian Open at St George's GC in Toronto. Veasy shot 64, one better than countrymen Dean Wilson, Hunter Mahan, Charley Hoffman, Jimmy, Rich Barcelo, Steve Whitcroft and Spencer Levin.

Scandinavian Open, SS3, 9.30 & 2.30

Canadian Open, SS3, 8.0

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