SA Open: Louis Oosthuizen leads by one from an inspired Marcus Armitage | Golf News

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"Getting my name on the trophy again would really mean the world to me," said Oosthuizen, who is bidding to become the first player to successfully defend the title since former Masters champion Trevor Immelman in 2004.

Former winner Andy Sullivan is just three shots off the pace after a 67, but Sam Horsfield slumped to six under after an error-strewn 75 having been just one off the lead at the halfway stage at Randpark GC in Johannesburg.

"That's why we play golf, for them days like today," said Armitage. "It was just magic. I haven't been in the lead for a long time so it's good to be able to finish it off, have a good round and know that you've still got it."

Oosthuizen made seven birdies in his third-round 64

The best of the action from an entertaining third round of the South African Open, where Louis Oosthuizen leads from a charging Marcus Armitage.

Armitage had to be content with second place at the end of a day full of positives for the Englishman, who birdied the second and then holed his "nice little wedge" approach to the third for a spectacular eagle-two.

Oosthuizen's bogey-free 64 earned him the outright lead heading into the final round, the home favourite rising to 15 under and one ahead of an inspired Armitage, who returned a 62 blighted by his only dropped shot of the day at the last.

"Defending it and being the host for the week would make it extra special. It was good, it was solid. I gave myself lots of opportunities for birdies and the putter was a lot better."

He birdied the sixth and drained a monster putt for another at seven, and a further birdie at the ninth added up to an outward 29 for Armitage, whose momentum continued on the back nine when he followed a birdie at 12 with a great putt from the fringe of the 14th green which found the target for his second eagle of the day.

Oosthuizen thrived on the home support from outside the ropes and enjoyed the ideal start when he holed from 15 feet for birdie at the second, which he followed with further gains on the next two holes before another confident putt dropped at the ninth to take him to the turn in 31.

That gave him a three-shot advantage over the field at the time, a lead which he extended to four with a perfect 15-footer for birdie at the penultimate hole, although he cost himself a share of the lead with a wayward second to the last from which he was unable to get up and down for par.

Marcus Armitage rocketed to second place after a 62

Jaco Ahlers is on his own in third place on 13 under after mixing six birdies with three bogeys in a 68, while Sullivan will look to put early pressure on the leaders on Sunday after a 67 lifted him to 12 under alongside a resurgent Branden Grace.

Armitage made two eagles and had a four shot lead at one stage

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A superb approach from the rough set up another birdie at 11 and a four at the long 12th lifted Oosthuizen into a share of the lead, which he claimed outright with a birdie at the 14th in between a pair of excellent par-saves that contributed to his clean card.

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Oosthuizen is looking to emulate Trevor Immelman's successful defence

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