Jul 18th, 2021
Oosthuizen holds on to Open lead
Leader digs deep as field finds it difficult on moving day
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Oosthuizen who started the day with a two shot advantage was joined in the lead late on by both Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa but a birdie at the 17th saw him grab a slender heading into Sunday.
Morikawa is the Oosthuizen's closest challenger one shot back with fellow American Spieth two shots further back.
Speith had a disastrous finish bogeying the final two holes which including a missed three-foot putt at the last to end up on nine-under.
American Scottie Scheffler and Canada's Corey Conners are four shots off the lead at eight-under-par.
As a response to the calm conditions, the R&A decided to set some pretty tricky pin positions which caught out many on moving day.
"May have been some of the hardest pin positions I have ever seen," said recent U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm who posted a two-under 68.
The leader also contributed some of his struggles to the pin positions.
"The R&A put some pins out there that were questionable. It was tough and I'm glad I held it together," said 38-year-old Oosthuizen.
If the weather stays fair and the pins are tucked away once again it may well play into the hands of the leaders.
It is hard to see anyone making a charge from outside the top ten and even then it would be a brave man to bet against one of three leaders lifting the claret jug.
Scotland's Robert MacIntyre posted the round of the day, a five-under-par 65 to move to four-under for the championship.
MacIntyre trails the English duo of Paul Casey and Andy Sullivan who sit on five-under alongside defending champion Shane Lowry.