Jul
16
2010
I Might Have to Learn How to Spell Oosthuizen If He Keeps This Up
By Merf under British Open

I still can’t pronounce his name, but I’m learning how to spell it. After battling through an early afternoon tee time to shoot a 7-under 65 in the first round of the British Open — good enough for solo second place — Louis Oosthuizen has made three straight birdies on Nos. 5-7 Friday morning to leapfrog Rory McIlroy and move to 10-under.

There have been some showers Friday morning (casual water is sitting in the first fairway), but that hasn’t affected the 27-year-old South African and recent winner on the European Tour, who is out in 33. Of course, first-round leader McIlroy doesn’t tee off for another 4 1/2 hours, when the sun is expected to break, but the wind could pick up by then. There’s no wind early.

Phil Mickelson, who shot a 1-over 73 on the poorer side of the draw Thursday, is teeing off as I write this. The cut currently sits at 1-under.

Mark Calcavecchia has the hottest early round, shooting 4-under through 12 to climb into a tie for fourth at 6-under. Ricky Barnes is 3-under through five holes and 7-under for the tournament to vault into third place, while Paul Casey has birdied his first three holes to get to 6-under.