Louis Oosthuizen backed up his opening-round spectacle with another brilliant six-under-par 65 on Friday as the battle heats up at The Northern Trust.
In another incredibly low-scoring day at TPC Boston with the course record smashed by Scottie Scheffler, Oosthuizen finished his second round on 12 under heading into the weekend’s action.
The South African delivered another excellent bogey-free showing, which included four birdies and a handy eagle on the second hole.
‘There were a few holes today where I had wedges in my hand. I just didn’t hit it close enough. I’m getting myself in 20-feet range a little bit more even and with wedges in your hand, you have to get right in there. I’m rolling the ball nicely and I’m hitting everything decent. I just need to take advantage where I have those holes where it should be a birdied,’ Oosthuizen said upon the completion of his round.
‘It is a course I feel comfortable around. So, I just need to keep doing what I’m doing. Give myself as many birdie putts as I can. I always try and see how many greens I can hit. Try and hit as many greens, if I have a little bit longer putt. But, like I say, I think I’m playing good enough to not really be thinking about where I have to finish, but rather be thinking of winning the tournament.’
Oosthuizen will, however, start moving day in T4 and three strokes behind leader Dustin Johnson, who surged up the leaderboard with a brilliant 60.
But, the round of the day belonged to Scheffler, who hit an astonishing 12-under-par 59 for his second round, which stunned the whole field.
Six birdies on the front nine and six more as he came home moved Scheffler into T2 alongside Cameron Davis on 13 under.
Dylan Frittelli unfortunately struggled to find his rhythm on Friday and hit a disappointing 75 that dropped him down the leaderboard to two over par, which meant he missed the cut for the weekend.