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Oosthuizen shoots 63, takes lead at Deutsche Bank

September 2, 2012
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Norton, MA (Sports Network) - Louis Oosthuizen fired an 8-under 63 on Sunday to vault into first place after three rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event of the PGA Tour Playoffs.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, appeared to be making a run at a round of 59 after rattling off seven consecutive birdies. That run ended at the 10th, though he actually played the remainder of his round in even par.

However, his score was still more than enough to put him into the lead heading into the final round, which takes place Monday because of the Labor Day holiday.

Oosthuizen set the 54-hole record with a score of 19-under par 194, and holds a 3-shot lead over world No. 1 Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman, who was the leader after the second round, carded a 4-under 67 and is second at minus-16.

Tiger Woods, the 2006 winner of this event, shot a 68 at TPC Boston and is tied for third with Dustin Johnson (65) at 13-under 200.

McIlroy began the round one shot in front of Oosthuizen, and two in front of Woods and Ryan Moore.

The 23-year-old McIlroy started well, with birdies at his first two holes that pushed his score to minus-14.

Oosthuizen, McIlroy's playing partner, also birdied the second but didn't start to pull ahead until the fourth hole. There, he sank a 7-footer to begin the run that put him into first place.

The South African managed

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