Louis Oosthuizen responded in spectacular fashion on Saturday by shooting a 2-under-par 68 for his third round that has seen him move into 3rd spot on the US Open leaderboard.
The South African made an excellent start to his week at Winged Foot Golf Club but was put back by a difficult 74 on Friday that saw him fall somewhat out of contention ahead of moving day.
But, in typical Oosthuizen fashion, he managed to turn things around and with an overall score of 1 under par for event, he is perfectly poised to make a challenge for his second Major title when the much-anticipated final round gets underway on Sunday.
Oosthuizen showed great composure under the circumstances by going bogey free for the opening nine holes where he added a valuable birdie on the 5th.
The back nine was a bit more up and down but the 37-year-old managed to recover every time he made an error or dropped a shot as he finished with a birdie and a par on the final two holes.
‘Any under-par round at a U.S. Open you’ll take. I think we got very lucky with the draw today. Waking up this morning, watching a bit of golf, you could see it was really cold, windy, and definitely died down for us. The sun came out a little bit. Definitely lucky on the draw today,’ said Oosthuizen in his post-match interviews.
He will, however, need to track down Matthew Wolff, who leads Oosthuizen by four strokes after he delivered a masterclass by shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday.
The young American could become the first player in a 107 years to win the US Open on his debut appearance, should he pull off victory.
Wolff, though, is only two shots ahead of 2nd-placed Bryson DeChambeau, who delivered a third-round 70 on Saturday to remain on 3 under par for the event.