Wind blows Oosthuizen off Masters course

The 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen held a share of the second round lead of the Masters on Friday when he holed from five feet for an eagle on the 13th.


But the South African then ran up a triple-bogey eight on the 15th after chipping from the back of the green into the water at the front, before a bogey on the 18th meant a round of 75 and left him level par for the tournament.


“I just got myself in a really awkward spot,” said Oosthuizen. “I didn’t have much option to go for that chip. If I went left I would have ended up in that bunker, and that’s even a more difficult shot than I played.


“So this golf course is all about leaving yourself in the right spots and that was an error. So I know now not to go there again.”


Despite those woes, he wasn’t too unhappy about his position. “At the moment I’m in a good position for the tournament,” he said. “It’s early days, a lot of golf still to play. The way the wind is now, the scoring is going to be tough this afternoon. At the moment, seven off the pace, 36 to go, I’m happy.”


Ahead of him, Nedbank Golf Challenge winner Thomas Björn kept hopes of a European victory alive with his second-round 68, leaving him three-under for the tournament and four adrift of leader Bubba Watson.


Björn is making his 10th Masters appearance. The 43-year-old Dane recorded four bogeys and eight birdies, four of them coming in the last five holes.


“I played well all the way through and felt comfortable on the golf course today,” Björn, who has three times been a major runner-up, said.


“I hit two great shots into 13 and walked off with a par and after that decided I needed to be more aggressive. I took the shots on at 14 and 16 and they paid off and it was nice to walk up and tap it in for a birdie on 18.”


Oosthuizen, after his chat with the media after his round, was headed for the range: “I want to do a few 50-yard shots and just get a bit of a feel, especially in the wind like this,” he said.


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