x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Buoyant Oosthuizen finds himself at the top of the leaderboard again

The Louis Oosthuizen show just kept on rolling yesterday after the new British Open champion swapped St Andrews for Stockholm and starred again.

The Louis Oosthuizen show just kept on rolling yesterday after the new British Open champion swapped St Andrews for Stockholm and starred again. Not wanting to give a poor display - and fearing he might after failing to break par in the curtain-raising pro-am - Oosthuizen scored a five under 67 to share the lead after the first round of the Nordea Scandinavian Masters at Bro Hof. The 27-year-old South African, a runaway seven-shot winner on Sunday, admits he is looking forward to going home next week, but it might be with another title under his belt. Only Richard Green, the Australian left-hander, and American Dustin Johnson - the player who blew the US Open with a closing 82 last month - could match his opening effort.

"I had a good sleep, but I woke up tired again and the win has definitely drained me," Oosthuizen said. "But the crowds were unbelievable, cheering me onto every green and every tee. "I wanted to play nicely. The last thing I wanted was to put on a bad show and it was important not to think too much about next week." Leader for the last three rounds in Scotland, the Claret Jug holder kicked off with a birdie, followed with eight pars and then came home in a superb 32.

That even included a trip to the water - there is plenty of it at the spectacular new European Tour course - on the long 13th, but he came back from a six there with birdies at the next two and finished in style with a 30-footer for another. Johnson was three ahead of Graeme McDowell with a round to go at Pebble Beach, but a dream day for the Northern Irishman was a nightmare one for the 26-year-old.

He triple-bogeyed the second hole, doubled the third and in the end finished only eighth. Last week was an eventful one for Johnson too. If he had repeated the birdie-birdie finish to his round three on Sunday he would have tied Lee Westwood for second place. Instead he took a double bogey six on the Road Hole 17th, then missed the widest fairway in golf on the last and went out of bounds. That dropped him all the way to 14th, but he remains on course for a Ryder Cup debut in October.

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