Oosthuizen sets up his shot at Masters place

South African Louis Oosthuizen has given himself yet another chance to win his first European Tour title – and with it a place in The Masters.

South African Louis Oosthuizen has given himself yet another chance to win his first European Tour title – and with it a place in The Masters.

Runner-up to Welshman Rhys Davies in Morocco last week after leading by three with 15 holes to play, Oosthuizen takes a one-shot advantage over England’s Robert Coles into the final day of the Andalucian Open in Malaga.

Only a victory will probably do for the 27-year-old in his bid for a second successive trip to Augusta and a four under par 66 kept him on course.

Oosthuizen, four times second on the circuit but five times a winner in his home country, now stands 14 under and said: “My putting has not let me down, but I’m not happy with how I hit a few irons shots.

“It’s a low-scoring course, but the thing is you can try and attack it too much and make stupid bogeys. I made a few today.”

Coles, a 37-year-old West Ham fan from Essex, has been on and off the Tour since his debut in 1995, making 10 trips to the qualifying school and never finishing higher than third in an event.

His 63 was his lowest round in 267 tournaments and lifted him from ninth to second while fellow Englishman Sam Hutsby, the joint overnight leader, dropped back to joint fifth on 10 under with a level par 70.

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