Oosthuizen on Leaderboard at Dunhill Links

South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen at the V...

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An incredible amount of golf stars have gathered in St Andrews in Fife, Scotland for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. South African player Louis Oosthuizen, 28 who holds the British Open 2010 title has turned in the most impressive performance so far, propelling to the leaderboard together with Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey, Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello, and Austria’s Markus Brier.

Louis Oosthuizen carded an amazing six under 66 in the opening round, gaining substantial ground at Kingsbarns. 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell was one of six golfers who shot 67 and is currently one stroke behind the leaders. World number one, highest-ranked Englishman Luke Donald carded a 69 and is quite far from winning the $5 million competition though he needs a victory to improve his position on the European Tour money list.

Second-ranked Englishman Lee Westwood and his compatriot, Tom Lewis Scot Colin Montgomerie and Irishman Padraig Harrington settled for 4 under together seven other golfers.

Fifth-ranked American Dustin Johnson opened with a 71, while Irishman Rory McIlroy who won this year’s U.S. Open is six shots back at 72.

Each of 178 golfers present at three-day-long competition will play at three courses. The golfers with the highest ranking in the contending group competed at Kingsbarns in the opening round.

Oosthuizen did not play at Dunhill Linkslats year because of his ankle injury but it seems that he is on the right track to the win after recording seven birdies.