8th April 2012, 08:50 PM
Golf-Oosthuizen takes Masters lead with rare albatross (Reuters)
By Mark Lamport-Stokes
AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 8 (Reuters) - South African LouisOosthuizen grabbed the Masters lead in sensational fashion onSunday, holing out from the fairway at the par-five second for arare albatross two in the final round.
The former British Open champion watched as his ball pitchedjust short of the green before bouncing and then rolling some 50yards up the hill before dropping into the cup.
Oosthuizen, a runaway winner of the 2010 British Open,thrust both arms skywards before high-fiving his caddie, havingrecorded the first albatross, or double-eagle, at the secondhole and only the fourth ever at the Masters.
That put the South African on 10 under par at a sun-splashedAugusta National, two ahead of overnight leader Peter Hanson andthree-times champion Phil Mickelson.
Swede Hanson, a stroke in front overnight in pursuit of hisfirst major title, had bogeyed the par-four first after missingthe green to the right with his approach.
Left-hander Mickelson, playing in the final group withHanson, parred the opening hole to remain at eight under.
Gene Sarazen famously recorded an albatross at the 15th holein the fourth round of the 1935 Masters. Australian Bruce Devlinfollowed suit at the eighth in the first round in 1967 and JeffMaggert did so at the 13th in the fourth round in 1994. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes)
Source : Yahoo.com
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