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September 3 2012

11:33 PM

Oosthuizen in ‘great spot’ for FedExCup

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- The day before, Louis Oosthuizen set a tournament record by shooting a 7-under 29 on the front nine at TPC Boston. So when he made the turn in Monday's final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 1-over 37, well ...

"Felt like I shot a 47," Oosthuizen said with a smile.

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The poor start on Monday cost Oosthuizen the three-shot lead he had built after 54 holes, and he couldn't rally on the back nine to overtake playing partner Rory McIlroy, who won by a stroke at 20 under.

Oosthuizen had to settle for solo second at 19 under and a spot inside the top five of the FedExCup standings going into Thursday's BMW Championship. If Oosthuizen, currently No. 5, can maintain his position after Crooked Stick, he will control his own destiny in regards to winning the FedExCup at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

"It's a great spot for the next two tournaments," Oosthuizen said. "I'm more happy that I'm playing really well and I've got the game back the way I want it to be. It'll be great going into the next weekend in the finals.  Should be good fun."

Oosthuizen was 1 under on his round through the first four holes and leading by a shot over McIlroy. But then he felt a twinge in his shoulder -- he was told it a problem with his pec minor muscle -- on his drive on the fifth hole and his whole round changed.

He double bogeyed the hole, with McIlroy tying him for the lead. Then McIlroy birdied the par-4 sixth and Oosthuizen different. Having lost the lead, Oosthuizen would never catch the world No. 1 again.

Oosthuizen's not concerned that the injury will linger.

"It was strange because it was just on that shot, and then I started thinking about it and felt it a little bit and on the back nine again nothing," Oosthuizen said. "I'll have a good look at it in the next two days, but I'm not worried about it."

Oosthuizen had a chance to tie McIlroy on the final two holes. But he matched McIlroy's bogey at the 17th when he misjudged the wind on his approach shot, and then couldn't make a birdie putt from 12 feet, 8 inches at the 18th to force a playoff.

"The 17th hole cost me," he said.

All in all, though, it was a good week for the South African, who hopes to build on the momentum at Crooked Stick.

"There's two more big events left," he said, "and I'm very happy with the way I'm hitting the ball going into those tournaments."

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