Oosthuizen takes lead after second round of Volvo Champions

January 11, 2013

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- Louis Oosthuizen holed a long birdie putt at the final green to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Volvo Champions -- and earn himself another vehicle for his farm.

Oosthuizen carded an 8-under 64 on a rain-softened Durban Country Club course for a 12-under total of 132 to sit one shot clear of Scotland's Scott Jamieson and and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee.

Thongchai (68) and Jamieson (64), who won last month's Nelson Mandela Championship at the nearby Royal Durban course, are six shots clear of six players sharing fourth place.

Oosthuizen also added to his collection of agricultural equipment -- after raising a few eyebrows when he spent a large chunk of his prize money from winning the 2010 British Open on a customized tractor for his farm. By sinking his last putt, the South African along with Thongchai and an amateur player won a pro-am event that awarded a car as first prize. However, Oosthuizen said he talked to organizers and they agreed to swap it for an excavator, which was the prize for a hole-in-one on the 15th.

"I've been nagging my wife for a few years that I want something on the farm as there are a few stumps and things I need to get rid of," he said. "And that's why I stood over that putt on 18 for a bit longer than normal. So I'm going to play around with it and might dig out a few bunkers."

Oosthuizen owns a farm near Mosel Bay on the southern coast of South Africa.

Jamieson, meanwhile, said he remained focused on winning in Durban for a second time in a month.

"I'm definitely comfortable playing here in Durban and the confidence is high as well, which is all-important," Jamieson said.