Oosthuizen, Hutsby tied for lead in Spain
MALAGA, Spain – Louis Oosthuizen and Sam Hutsby shot 63s to lead the Andalucia Open, while defending champion Soren Kjeldsen had to contend with a nudist while playing a shot in the second round Friday.
Oosthuizen, of South Africa, and Hutsby, of England, were at 10-under 130. They temporarily had the course record at the Parador Golf Club until Paul Waring of England shot a 62 that contained nine birdies. He was at 4-under.
Kjeldsen, the first-round leader, was two strokes off the lead after a 67 that included an unusual hazard, the appearance of a naked man from the nude beach at Torremolinos that runs alongside the course.
Paul Lawrie of Scotland was in a group of five sharing fourth place at 7-under after shooting a 68.
Oosthuizen is seeking his first win on the European Tour after a string of second-place finishes, most recently in last week’s Hassan II Trophy in Morocco.
He was beaten there by Welshman Rhys Davies’ 6-under 66 in the final round.
“Obviously I was disappointed, but Rhys played brilliantly and you do not mind losing because of someone else’s brilliance rather than because of your own scrappy golf,” Oosthuizen said. “I am playing well at the moment and I can draw strength from my performance in Morocco.”
The 21-year-old Hutsby is playing in only his 11th tournament since turning professional after last year’s Walker Cup, where he was Great Britain and Ireland’s top points scorer against America.
He followed up his opening 67 by making six birdies in the first eight holes Friday.
Kjeldsen’s encounter with the nudist, the man was about 15-yards away, was a situation that is unlikely to be repeated at any professional tournament around the world.
“That was a new one on a golf course for me,” the Dane said.