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Oosthuizen moves ahead at Africa Open

Updated: Sunday, 08 Jan 2012 16:19

Oosthuizen - Found his rhythm early on in his second round
Oosthuizen - Found his rhythm early on in his second round

Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen shot a brilliant 11-under-par 62 to take a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Africa Open in East London today.

Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen shot a brilliant 11-under-par 62 to take a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Africa Open in East London today.

The 2010 Open champion began the day five shots off the pace, but carded nine birdies and an eagle to move to the top of the leaderboard on 15 under ahead of a quartet of fellow South Africans.

The world number 40 shot five birdies and a eagle over the front nine and added four birdies after the turn, picking up crucial shots on the 17th and 18th.

Overnight leader Thomas Aiken had to settle for a four-under 69 to lie level on 13 under with Tjaart Van Der Walt, Retief Goosen and Jaco Ahlers.

Van Der Walt had the best round of the four with a 64, while Goosen and Ahlers went round in 68.

Oosthuizen told www.europeantour.com: "I was aggressive on the putter. I went about six foot past a few times and I had to make those for par.

"The last one I made on the eighth would have been eight or ten foot past, but it hit the middle of the cup.

"But I was aggressive because yesterday I left a few putts short and you're not going to hit it that far past on these greens."

On his eagle two on the sixth, where he had a double bogey in round one, he added: "It was a lot of concentration on the tee shot because I hit the three wood in the bush yesterday.

"It was a three wood again off the tee and I didn't want to take any other club because I wanted to show myself that I can do it, because if I'd taken something else then the next day I would probably have a three wood again.

"So I hit it on the green at the back. I saw the line of the putt, but I wasn't sure so I asked my caddie and he saw exactly the same line. I hit a perfect putt and it went straight in the middle of the hole, but it was a very long putt."

English pair Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Willett and Scottish duo Alastair Forsyth and Craig Lee are in a five-way tie for sixth on 11 under with Sweden's Magnus Carlsson.

The Irish duo of Simon Thornton and Damien McGrane are on four under and level par respectively, with Thornton rescuing his round with three birdies in the back for a kevel par round of 73.

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