Saturday, August 4
Louis Oosthuizen: ‘The Ball Is Going a Mile’
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HIT a 430-yard drive? “It felt really good,” said a grinning Louis Oosthuizen after completing this third round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The South African nicknamed “Shrek” shot a 2-under 68 and is 1 shot off the lead set by Jim Furyk, who had an even-par 70.
After bombing his tee shot on the 648-yard par-5 16th hole, all Oosthuizen had left to the green was a 6-iron. Yep, a drive and a 6-iron. Pure craziness.
Everyone, it seems, is hitting the ball prodigious distances at Firestone this week. There have been two dozen drives over 400 yards. Bubba Watson is averaging 351 yards off the tee. Even short hitters like Furyk are moving it out there on the South Course’s hard, fast fairways.
Conditions are expected to drastically change on Sunday. Thunderstorms are in the forecast.