Rory McIlroy used a back-nine, 3-under 33 to post a 4-under 67 and stay atop a tight PGA Championship leaderboard that features the likes of Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Henrik Stenson.
Only hours after tweaking his bad back, Louis Oosthuizen feared that he wouldn't be able to tee it up Thursday. But the South African woke up feeling fine and managed to post a 3-under 69 and sit one shot off the lead.
Tiger Woods will share a tee time with Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson, should Woods' back heal in time, for the first two rounds of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday and Friday at Trump National Doral's Blue Monster.
Louis Oosthuizen hit balls on the new range at Trump National Doral with the hope his ailing back will stand up – not just at this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship but for upcoming stops at Tampa, Houston and eventually Augusta.
Proving that there is nothing about this purest of all golf formats that can be explained, the quarterfinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship were played out Saturday with a series of surprises at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain.
No. 8 Bobby Jones bracket seed Louis Oosthuizen takes on No. 9 seed Nick Watney at 2:15 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with the players ranked 35th and 36th in OWGR and coming off missed cuts in California.
Needing a fast finish, Louis Oosthuizen posted birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 to keep his Volvo Champions title on Sunday, outlasting Branden Grace by a stroke at the Durban Country Club in Durban, South Africa.
In what has already been a tough, injury-plagued season, Louis Oosthuizen will get an injection to try and help his ailing back, while Richard Sterne will have a hip procedure that could keep him out for three months.
Louis Oosthuizen logged his first competitive round since the Open Championship: a 2-over 74 Thursday at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Five players, including Tom Lewis, are tied for the first-round lead.
The 4:44 a.m. EDT tee time of Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell will be a little less convenient for their stateside fans – but Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy tee off at 9:45 Friday. Take a look at all of the groupings for the second rounds.