Louis Oosthuizen will start the final round of The Northern Trust in 4th position and seven shots behind leader Dustin Johnson.
The South African again looked in great nick at the TPC Boston and after two bogey-free displays on Thursday and Friday, had to battle a bit harder in his third round to finish with a three-under-par 68.
Oosthuizen was even for the day after his opening nine holes but started rolling in the birdies at the start of his back nine.
He will, however, have to produce an extraordinary round on Sunday if he was to catch Johnson, but on 15 under for the event, Oosthuizen has an excellent chance to secure himself at least a top-5 finish in the first FedEx Cup playoff.
‘The front nine I couldn’t get it going. I wasn’t hitting it great on the front nine. Left myself in a few awkward spots, and then made so many mistakes on the 9th hole,’ Oosthuizen said about his performance on Saturday.
‘But then sort of the break was really good, let me just relax for 15 minutes and go back fresh and started really — I had a wedge in on 10. Hit a solid wedge. Hit a good 5-iron on the next and made the putt. That sort of got the round going there. Then me and Harris were sort of feeding off each other. Yeah, 68 around this track is probably not great, but I’ll take it for going into tomorrow.
‘I need to put myself in just a little bit better positions. Today was not great on the front nine. I didn’t give myself many opportunities. I need to give myself opportunities and I’m rolling the ball nicely on the greens. I just need to play a little better.’
Johnson on the other hand has been in devastating form this week and will take some stopping on Sunday on course to his 22nd PGA Tour victory.
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A seven-under-par 64 backed up his 67 and 60 from the first and second rounds, which has given him a five-shot lead over Harris English and Scottie Scheffler, who are in T2 and on 17 under.