Louis Oosthuizen carded a brilliant third-round 66 on Saturday to make a dramatic surge up the leaderboard ahead of the final day’s play at the Valspar Championship.
Oosthuizen, who has enjoyed a composed and steady week in Florida so far, made his intentions clear on moving day to move up to T12 and within seven shots of the leaders.
The South African backed up his rounds of 73 and 67 on Thursday and Friday with a clinical display – going five under par for his third round at the Copperhead Course.
It saw the 2010 Open Champion rocket up the leaderboard to seven under par for the week and just about within touching distance of Sam Burns and Keegan Bradley, who extended their lead at the Valspar Championship.
The American duo continued to build on their overnight advantage and made sure of a solid performance on Saturday with respective third rounds of 69.
Burns and Bradley will take a one-shot lead into Sunday’s deciding round with a leading score of 14 under par.
Countryman Max Homa remains in the hunt and will pose a big threat to their challenge when he tees off on 13 under on Sunday.
Ted Potter Jnr, Abraham Ancer, Joaquin Niemann and Cameron Tringale are all settled in T4 and on ten under par for the event, also well capable of launching an attack for the top in the final round.
After a stunning second-round display on Friday, Charl Schwartzel unfortunately stumbled during his moving day. The South African started the third round on seven under but a disappointing three-over 74 saw him fall down the leaderboard to four under par for the week.
He will head into the final round in a share of 28th spot.
Countryman Branden Grace also took a tumble in his third round. Grace shot a round of 75 on Saturday as he plummeted from five under par to one under par on Saturday.