Birdie blitz puts Louis in Perth contention

2016 Perth International - Day 2Louis Oosthuizen made eight birdies on his way to a second-round 64 in the ISPS HANDA Perth International on Friday, leaving him just one shot off the halfway lead.

The 2010 Open champion started his campaign with a two-under 70, and climbed 20 places up the leaderboard, trailing only joint leaders Peter Uihlein of the United States and Australian Brett Rumford.

“It doesn’t feel any different from the way I played yesterday,” said Oosthuizen. “I still hit good shots and made good putts on both days. Today I just made a few more. I saw the greens pretty well today, except for the last one. I’m in a good spot going into the weekend.”

He started well in his second round, making a birdie on the first at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, and it just kept going well. “I birdied three of the first four and then there were seven holes of pars, which could have been quite a few more birdies,” he said. “Then the birdie on 12 was a tough putt to read and I gave it a little bit more pace and that going in got me going in the right direction.”

It was also a good putting day for Brazilan Adilson Da Silva, the Sunshine Tour member who lives in Ballito. He carded a five-under-par 67 to move into a share of eighth heading into the final two rounds.

“I managed to putt a little bit better today,” he said. “I hit the ball a bit better today, and with the putts going in, things were good. All of my game has been good, but going into the weekend with my putting finally paying me back for all the work I’ve put in is really good.”

Also in the field from South Africa is Ulrich van den Berg, who went three-under for his second round after an opening level-par 72. That put him in a share of 26th.

For Oosthuizen, things look good for the final two rounds. “I’m one behind going into the weekend and that’s always a good position,” he said.

 

 

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