Choi, Johnson lead in Sweden; Louis 1 back

K.J. Choi

K.J. Choi

STOCKHOLM – K.J. Choi of South Korea and Richard Johnson of Sweden share the lead at the Scandinavian Masters after the third round Saturday, and new British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen blew a chance to join them.

Cheered on by a large home crowd, Johnson mixed four birdies with two bogeys in shooting 70 for a total of 10-under 206.

Choi had three birdies and two bogeys in a 1-under 71 round in the rainy and windy conditions at Bro Hof Slott.

Oosthuizen could have made it a three-way tie for the lead, but he bogeyed his final hole to end on a 70 and at 9 under.

“The winds are so strong that it was almost pushing the ball down a little bit sometimes,” Johnson said. “It was very difficult.”

Choi hit water at the 13th, where he opted to wade in to take a shot at a difficult ball. He said afterward that it was the first time he had done that during a golf tournament.

“It was very cold,” Choi said.

Oosthuizen could become the first player to follow a British Open victory with a European Tour win a week later.

“I made two thinking errors on the course and it cost me two bogeys,” he said. “I was a bit gutted after the ninth and on the last it was a stupid second to that pin.”

Mark Brown of New Zealand had the best score of the day with a 67 and shares fourth place with Argentina’s Rafa Echenique at 209.

Italian Edoardo Molinari is one more shot back.

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