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REVIEW: Shell Houston Open – Round 3

4 April 2012

Following the excitement of Round 2 at the CaddyshackRentals office we were on the edge of our seats to see how Round 3 of the Shell Houston Open was to play out. With 29-year-old local South African Louis Oosthuizen leading over-night Friday and finishing tied second at the end of Round 2, we were all looking forward to an exciting day of golf; and we got just that!

Play began tentatively with Oosthuizen hitting bogeys on his first 2 holes but soon turned his game around and with his four consecutive birdies from the 12th finished to card a 6 under par 66. After Round 3 this saw him top of the leaderboard with an impressive 17 under 199 with a 2 shot lead over second place Hunter Mahan. Mahan had an incredible game himself climbing 36 places after a number of great shots including four birdie putts of over 23 feet!

Carl Pettersson (67) and Brian Davis (69) dropped three strokes and finished at 14 under. James Driscoll (71) was alone at 12 under whilst defending champion Phil Mickelson (70), Keegan Bradley (69) and Ryan Palmer (66) all finished their third round 11 under.

Ernie Els must win here to qualify for next week’s Masters, a tournament he hasn’t missed since 1993. After a disappointing day on the course Els finished in a group 8 under. Looking ahead to the final round, “I needed to get to 10 or 11 under to really have a shot,” Els said, a tough ask when there is such impressive play on display here at Redstone.

The final day will be full of anticipation and hope for Louis Oosthuizen who’s last major win was The Open Championship in 2010. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow when we review the final day of play at the 2012 Shell Houston Open…