Louis ploughs on despite inane tractor questions

Louis Oosthuizen is getting a little tired of the tractor questions, but he may have a bunch more to answer after his superb second round left him one off the halfway lead of the Deutsche Bank Championship on the US PGA Tour.

He carded a six-under-par 65 to go with his opening 66 to move to 11-under-par an slide in one stroke behind Rory McIlroy.

Oosthuizen, who famously purchased a tractor following his victory at the 2010 Open Championship, was asked what kind of tractor he could buy with $10-million – the bonus which awaits the eventual winner of the season-ending FedEx Cup Playoffs on the PGA Tour.

“I think the question is how many could you buy?” he laughed.

He won’t make the mistake of telling the world’s media if he ever buys any farm equipment again, but he’s going to have to think of a better kiss-off line than that if he keeps playing as well as he has been over the last two weeks.

He finished in a share of fifth in the Playoffs opener in New York last week, and he’s looking increasingly threatening as he finds his groove again.

His improved play is exemplified by the fact that he is making very few bogeys, and he showed how close to the pin he is hitting it when he chipped in for eagle on the fourth in the second round.

“I was trying to get it close from the lie. I pulled a really good lie. I opened it up and just had to commit to the shot. You know, it was exactly where I felt I needed to land it to get it close, and just was lucky that I got it in,” he said.

And with his score trending low, his thoughts – and those of the media – were turning to his seven-shot victory in the Open in 2010, as well as to the large margins by which McIlroy won the PGA Championship last month and the US Open in 2011.

Oosthuizen pointed out he won the Telkom PGA Championship in 2008 with a score of 28-under-par: “I won a tournament in South Africa once by 14 on the Sunshine Tour because it was just one of those weeks where you just keep on going,” he said. “And I can’t remember who came second,” he laughed.

It was Hennie Otto, who only had one round of 70 – all the rest were in the 60s.

And Oosthuizen could keep on going this week, inspired as he will be by playing the thirds round with McIlroy: “He’s playing really well, and it’s always nice playing with him. He’s got such a good swing. He goes for a lot of shots, he makes a lot of birdies, so it’s always fun to watch,” he said.

Charl Schwartzel is also in contention after also carding a second-round 65 to be three off the pace, while Ernie Els was eight off after his second successive 69.

Tim Clark and Rory Sabbatini missed the cut.

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