One of his peers said Louis Oosthuizen is the best golfer in the world, and he played like it as he held a one-stroke lead in the weather-delayed third round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
He had moved to 13-under-par through 10 holes and a one-stroke lead over Stephen Gallacher when a storm moved in and put a halt to a day which was already late in getting underway after stormy weather interfered during the second round too.
Australian Geoff Ogilvy said last year Oosthuizen is the best golfer in the world in every respect except in results, and after his close shave when he lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson in the Masters last week, his game is in great shape.
ÂMy swing feels really good and when you are playing like this you really want to get a win because it just boosts the confidence so much and it is a good time of the year to do that,Â he said.
ÂI got off to a pretty slow start to the third round Â I hit three good putts on the first three holes but didnÂt birdie one of them,Â he added. ÂI am probably going for a few more shots than usual in the third round because I am kind of playing it like it might be the last round.
ÂYou never know with the weather here so you are trying to get ahead of the guys just in case all of a sudden it becomes a 54-hole event. I actually donÂt think that will be the case now, but at that point on the sixth I was still thinking there was a chance that this could be the last round.
ÂI feel good now. I made good putts on nine and 10 for birdie and I have another birdie putt to come back to in the morning so it feels really good. I am playing well and just have to keep giving myself chances.
ÂI think everyone knew that this week was going to be one of those one where we are off and on the golf course and to be honest I am screwed with the jet-lag anyway so it doesnÂt matter either way to me if I have to get up at six in the morning or 10!
ÂThe jet-lag has been pretty rough, especially having the kids with us because they are sleeping all day and then coming alive at night. Thankfully my wife has been able to sit up with them at night in the room next door while I try and sleep but I havenÂt had more than four hours straight at any one time.
ÂItÂs a tough week but it was always going to be the case this week. None of that will matter if I can win tomorrow.Â
Oosthuizen was playing the third round with compatriots Hennie Otto and JbeÂ Kruger after that pair had moved to nine-under-par at the conclusion of the second round to trail the 2010 Open champion by one.
Otto kept his head above water by staying level par through 10 before the storm arrived, but Kruger was slipping and was four-over in the third round.
Charl Schwartzel was two-under through 14 to be at seven-under for the tournament, six off his friend OosthuizenÂs pace.
Branden Grace was at three-under for the tournament through 17 and Peter Karmis one-under. Keith Horne was bringing up the rear after making the cut, and was at six-over.
Tjaart van der Walt, Adilson Da Silva, George Coetzee and Richard Sterne missed the cut.