STOCKHOLM SWEDEN - JULY 22: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa in action during round one for the Nordea Scandinavian Masters at Bro Hof Slott Golf Course on July 22 2010 in Stockholm Sweden. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Open Champ Louis Oosthuizen Falls To Third At Scandinavian Masters

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K.J. Choi Takes Lead, Louis Oosthuizen Falls To Third At Scandinavian Masters

K.J. Choi shot a 5-under 67 to take an early lead in the second round at the Scandinavian Masters on Friday.
Louis Oosthuizen, previously one of the overnight leaders, fell to third after a round of 70, putting him two strokes behind Choi at the midpoint of the tournament. Choi was 9 under overall. Teeing off early in some blustery conditions at Bro Hof Slott, Oosthuizen had a double bogey at the 150-yard, par-3 17th after landing in the water.

The South African had three birdies and another bogey on his first nine holes, for a par 36, which was four shots off his performance on Thursday.

"I didn't putt as well today, I missed a few," Oosthuizen said. "I'll have a nice rest this afternoon. It should be great tomorrow."

Choi was off to a great start with an eagle on the 15th, and birdied at the 13th, 16th and 17th, for a 5-under 31 on his first nine.

"From the first hole I felt that my shot was there, my rhythm was good. I was hitting my driver, my irons very well," Choi said. "My putting was going good, too, so I felt a lot of confidence going into the first few holes."

(Quotes via Golf.com)

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Louis Oosthuizen Follows-Up British Open Victory With Strong Showing At Scandinavian Masters

Just four days after his dominating victory at St. Andrews, South African Louis Oosthizen remained hot, shooting a 5-under 67 in the first round of the Scandinavian Masters at the Bro Hof Slott Golf Course in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday. His first round score puts him in a three-way tie for the lead with American Dustin Johnson and Australian Richard Green. Oosthuizen is the highest ranked player in the field.

From Golf.com via the AP:

The South African finished the front 9 in 1-under 35. He had five more birdies on the back 9, but was unable to take the overall lead after a bogey at the 13th.

Green reached his 67 after posting three consecutive birdies from the 11th. The Australian is going for his first European Tour win since 2007.

Italian Edoardo Molinari was one shot back in a four-way tie for fourth. Molinari won the Scottish Open in impressive fashion the week before the British Open for his first career European Tour victory.

The full leaderboard can be found on the European Tour's official website.

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