2012 WGC-HSBC Champions: Louis Oosthuizen off to record-breaking start

Ross Kinnaird

The South African tied a record with a 63 on Friday and set a new 36-hole record to take a commanding lead over the field at the World Golf Championship.

With the best round of the day for the second day in a row, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa set a 36-hole record and has a commanding lead after two days at the World Golf Championship in Guangdong, China.

His nine-under-par performance on Friday tied the record for the best score in tournament history as Oosthuizen hit eight birdies and eagled the 566-yard hole seven. His sole flub of the day came on hole two, as he finished with a bogey on the shortest hole of the course.

Remarkably, Oosthuizen wasn't the only one that finished with a course-record score of 63 on Friday, as fellow-South African Ernie Els also finished nine-under for the day. Els finishes the first two days in a tie for second with Australian Adam Scott, each five strokes behind Oosthuizen.

After entering the day in a tie for third, Phil Mickelson dropped on the leaderboard to a tie for sixth after a double bogey on the final hole of the round. Had he managed par on hole 18, Mickelson would have been in a three-way tie for the second spot on the leaderboard, but instead sits in a tie with Dustin Johnson.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.