Louis Oosthuizen vows to ‘play my heart out’ in final round at The Open after South African leader survives wobble to hold one-stroke lead on eve of decider at Sandwich

Louis Oosthuizen vowed to ‘play my heart out’ as he bids to make it third time lucky today and win the Open.

The silky South African survived a mid-round wobble to take a one shot lead over Collin Morikawa into the final day.

The 38-year-old, who finished runner-up in the USPGA Championship and the US Open this season, said: ‘Finishing second never makes you feel great and the goal is obviously to go one better and win my second Claret Jug.’ 

Louis Oosthuizen has vowed to ‘play my heart out’ in the all-important final round of The Open

The silky South African endured a mid-round wobble at Sandwich, Kent on Saturday


‘I was definitely not swinging it freely today, I was all over the place with iron shots and it felt like I kept it together at the end there,’ Oosthuizen told Sky Sports.

‘The R&A weren’t happy with the low scoring and they put some pins out there which were questionable. (But) I’m very excited, it is a great position. I need to play well tomorrow and see if I can get rid of those loose swings.’

Jon Rahm, who birdied the last two holes at Torrey Pines last month to pip Oosthuizen to the US Open title, agreed with the South African’s assessment of the pin positions, despite playing his final seven holes in three under to keep his hopes alive.

‘Because of the weather conditions it’s easy to think it could have been a little bit better, but the pin locations were no joke,’ the Spaniard said.

Oosthuizen has been cool for the duration of the week and is on the cusp of another major

It has been 11 long years since the South African last won, having been perennially unlucky

‘I don’t know if on TV you could appreciate it, but those are some of hardest pin locations collectively I’ve ever seen.’

Paul Casey and Andy Sullivan headed the fading English challenge on five under, with defending champion Shane Lowry on the same score following two late birdies in his 69.

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre was four under after completing a 65 in brilliant fashion with a birdie on the 18th, the left-hander holing from 60 feet from a similar location to where Sandy Lyle almost came to grief on the 72nd hole of his title win in 1985.

‘Obviously it was a bonus there at 18,’ said the 24-year-old, who was sixth on his Open debut at Royal Portrush in 2019 and has made the cut in all seven of his major appearances to date.

Oosthuizen must stave off the challenge of Collin Morikawa in Sunday’s fourth and final round

‘You are not expecting to hole that, you are just trying to get down in two. But my pace was great all day and I managed to put good pace on it, had a decent line and it went in.’

The anticipated charge from the likes of world number one Dustin Johnson and four-time major winner Brooks Koepka failed to materialise, Johnson carding a 73 and Koepka shooting 72 to lie four and three under respectively.

Bryson DeChambeau, whose complaint following his opening round that his driver ‘sucks’ prompted an angry response from his club manufacturers, was in the second group out on Saturday and shot 72 to finish three over.