Korean star KJ Choi has taken the lead after the second day at the Scandinavian Masters after hitting an Eagle and four birdies within seven holes.
Whilst Choi was fully on the rise, last week’s Open winner Oosthuizen was struggling after striking his tee shot on the short 17th into the water and carding a double bogey five. This took the Korean five shots ahead of the South African.
Choi finished with a five under round leaving him nine under for the tournament; this was enough to hold a one shot lead over the local Richard Johnson and two strokes clear of Oosthuizen and Argentina’s Rafa Echenique.
Choi had an up and down day summed up by three birdies and three bogeys on the back nine, the Korean had recently changed his putter which may have been the reason he failed to make the cut at the previous two tournaments. He has since changed back to the original putter.
“I need more practice at it. These greens are very slopey,” said Choi, who missed several makeable putts over the closing stretch.
Youngster Rickie Fowler, who is looking to make the Ryder Cup team in his rookie season, managed to find the water on two occasions in the round to finish with a five over and missed the cut.
Fellow American Dustin Johnson, who had led after the first round, had a uneasy round of 73 which leaves him four under but still in contention.