Oosthuizen sets early pace in China
Article posted: 01 November 2012
Once you look at the leaderboard and see the guys are firing it up, all of a sudden you started seeing birdies
Louis Oosthuizen is tied for the lead at the WGC - HSBC Champions after opening with a superb seven under par 65 in Shenzhen.
Oosthuizen, who made seven birdies during his bogey-free first round, did not expect to make such an impressive start.
"I don't think I saw a really low number out there," said the South African. "But once you look at the leaderboard and see the guys are firing it up, all of a sudden you started seeing birdies.
"I played well. I made five birdies on the par-fives, and that got the round going, and then I made two more birdies. I hit a few bad iron shots, but made good up-and-downs for pars and I’m just glad to have a bogey-free round. I'm always happy with that."
Oosthuizen, who has won twice on the European Tour this season, is relaxed about his chances of success in China this week.
"There are three rounds left and a lot of golf to be played," he said. "The main key is to try to put myself in a spot to win it on Sunday. If I can keep doing what I'm doing on the par-fives and hitting fairways, I’ve got a good chance."
Lee Westwood is tied 19th after carding a two under 70, while Jeev Milkha Singh and Joost Luiten tied 34th following level par 72s.
George Coetzee is poised one shot behind them, with Branden Grace two behind his South African compatriot.