Oosthuizen Hutsby set the pace in Spain


2009 European Tour

MALAGA, Spain – South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and England’s Sam Hutsby shared the lead in the Andalucia Open, while defending champion Soren Kjeldsen had to contend with the presence of a naked man as he attempted to play a shot in Friday’s second round.

Oosthuizen and Hutsby both shot 7-under 63s to share the tournament lead, at 10-under, along with a temporary claim to the course record at the Parador Golf Club in southern Spain.

However, their record status was short lived as England Paul Waring’s later signed for a 62 which contained nine birdies, though at 4-under he was still lying six shots off the lead.

Oosthuizen now has an opportunity to secure his first win on the European Tour after a string of second place finishes, most recently in last week’s Hassan II Trophy in Morocco.

He was beaten there by Welshman Rhys Davies’s stunning final round, a 6-under 66. But rather than being dejected by that defeat, Oosthuizen believes it will give him the strength to go one better on Sunday.

“Obviously I was disappointed, but Rhys played brilliantly and you do not mind losing because of someone else’s brilliance rather than because of your own scrappy golf.

“I am playing well at the moment and I can draw strength from my performance in Morocco.”

Oosthuizen, in his eighth year on tour, certainly has the greater experience to draw upon than a Hutsby, a 21-year-old golfer playing in only his 11th tournament since turning professional after last year’s Walker Cup, where he was Great Britain and Ireland’s top points scorer against America.

Hutsby showed his ability though on Friday, following up his opening round of 67 by making six birdies in the first eight holes.

Oosthuizen and Hutsby take a two shot lead into the third round ahead of Kjeldsen who is attempting to repeat his victory of 2009 in the tournament.

However, while compiling his 67, the 34-year-old Dane came across a sight that would surely not be repeated at any other professional tournament around the world.

The Parador club runs alongside a naturist beach in Torremolinos and while attempting to a play a shot Kjeldsen found himself confronted by a naked man just 15 yards (meters) distant.

“That was a new one on a golf course for me,” he said.

Kjeldsen had shared the first round lead at 5-under with Paul Lawrie but the Scotsman found himself among a group of five players sharing fourth place at 7-under after shooting a 68.