NORTON, Mass. — Louis Oosthuizen knows what it's like to hit every shot right where he's aiming and to stand over every putt believing it will go in. He once shot 57 on his home course at Mossel Bay in South Africa; he wears the number on the left sleeve of his shirt.
For about two hours Sunday in the Deutsche Bank Championship, he had that feeling.
Oosthuizen ran off seven straight birdies, a streak that began after he nearly three-putted from 5 feet. He shot 29 on the front nine of TPC Boston. He didn't miss a green until the 17th hole. That's all it took to race by Rory McIlroy and seize control going into today's finish.
Oosthuizen had 8-under 63, establishing tournament records for consecutive birdies, low front nine and a 54-hole score of 19-under 194.
"Probably the start anyone would dream of on that front nine," Oosthuizen said. "I made everything, so you get those days where you just look at a putt and you hole it. That was my first nine holes."
McIlroy, trying to match Tiger Woods with his third PGA Tour win this year, did well just to stay three shots behind.
"You think going out with a one-shot lead and shooting 67 that you … might still be in the lead going into the last day," McIlroy said. "But Louis put on a display out there for a few holes, reeling off seven birdies in a row. It was great to watch."
Woods (68) was tied with Dustin Johnson (65) in third at 13 under in the FedEx Cup playoff event.
TWITTER BLUNDER: Luke Donald apologized for criticizing TPC Boston course architect Gil Hanse on Twitter in a posting that was meant to be private. Donald on Saturday made bogey on the par-5 18th hole, where Hanse reconfigured the green to make it smaller and feature severe slopes off the edges. Donald thought he was sending a direct message after the round, but the tweet went public. Within minutes, Donald realized his mistake and deleted the tweet. He also apologized.
PGA EUROPE: Richie Ramsay shot 5-under 66 to win the European Masters in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland, by four strokes at 16-under 267. Four tied for second.