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Lee Westwood made 11 birdies to shoot a 61 on Saturday and grab a share of the lead with struggling Louis Oosthuizen after the third round of the HSBC Champions.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, came into the weekend with a five-stroke lead over the field, but struggled with his putting and carded a 70.
The South African had a chance to retake the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, but missed by inches-the last of many near misses throughout the day.
Westwood and Oosthuizen are level at 18-under going into Sunday, three shots ahead of Phil Mickelson, who made seven birdies en route to a 66.
Ernie Els briefly surged into a share of the lead on the back nine before dumping his ball into a reservoir on the tricky 15th hole and taking a double bogey. He shot a 69 to drop to fourth place, level with Bill Haas (66) and Ian Poulter (65).
It was the second time in three weeks Westwood shot a 61-he also had one to beat Charl Schwartzel in the semifinals of the ...
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Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott both shot rounds of 7-under 65 to share the HSBC Champions lead after the opening day Thursday.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open-winner, played a bogey-free round with seven birdies, while this year's runner up, Scott finished his round with two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole. Scott had six birdies for the day against one bogey...
Five Things from the second round of the HSBC Champions:
1. Louis, Louis
Louis Oosthuizen is halfway to his 10th career victory, holding a five-shot lead in the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills Golf Club.
Oosthuizen, 30, continued to master the Olazabal Course, recording a 9-under-par 63 Friday after an opening 65. The South African sits at 16-under 128. Australian Adam Scott...
Louis Oosthuizen shot a blistering 9-under 63 on Friday to set a new 36-hole World Golf Championship record and open up a commanding five-stroke lead after the second round of the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills.
The 2010 British Open champion, the co-leader overnight, had eight birdies and an eagle to offset one bogey.
He now sits at 16-under 128 overall; the best 36-hole round...
Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott shot 7-under 65s to lead the HSBC Champions after the first round Thursday.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open winner, played a bogey-free round with seven birdies, while Scott finished his round with two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole.
Two-time HSBC Champions winner Phil Mickelson was in a tie for third one shot back, along with Bubba...
While Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott picked up first-round, 7-under-par 65s, it was the play of Phil Mickelson that captured the most attention on Thursday at the HSBC Champions in China, as the southpaw was a fairway machine en route to a 6-under 66.
Here are Five Things to take away from the first round of the WGC event:
1. Great start for Lefty
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