Afternoon rounds should be breeze for leaders
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — If way, way back guys like Phil Mickelson (2-under) and Tiger Woods (3-under) were hoping for the weather to help them catch leaders Louis Oosthuizen (15-under) and Paul Casey (11-under), they're going to have to come up with another plan.
The forecast for Sunday at St. Andrews is cloudy in the morning with a "freshening breeze." The afternoon will be mostly dry, becoming brighter with winds gently dying down, and the temperature could rise to 68 degrees, almost beach weather here. So if the pack chasing Oosthuizen will have to catch him with their play — Old Man Wind is sitting this one out.
"Obviously I will try everything to get up there, try to get off to a fast start with a few birdies the first five, six holes to put them under pressure," said Martin Kaymer, seven shots back at 8-under. "But we will see. I can only do my very best tomorrow and take care of my own game."
Of course Oosthuizen, the little-know South African could make things easier if he collapses like Dustin Johnson did at the U.S. Open last month at Pebble Beach. (Johnson blew a three-shot lead after 54 holes in just three hole en route to a 11-over round of 82.) However, Oosthuizen's countryman Retief Goosen doesn't think that's likely.
"Louis has actually been playing some really good golf this year," Goosen said. "He's probably had a chance to win four or five European Tour events this year and he just failed in that last round or somebody else shot a great round."
The key for Oosthuizen is how he plays the first six holes, Goosen said. If he can stay at even par, then he'll have a chance for birdies on 7 and 9. Goosen doesn't think Oosthuizen will be easy to catch.
"I think Paul [Casey] is playing well," Goosen said of Oosthuizen's nearest pursuer. "He's probably still going to have to shoot maybe somewhere around par or something under par to win."