Louis Oosthuizen takes Open Golf lead from Rory McIlroy

In the second round of the British Open at St. Andrews, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen made three consecutive birdies Friday to take a one-stroke lead.... More Below... Posted by on Jul 16th, 2010 and filed under Golf.

In the second round of the British Open at St. Andrews, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen made three consecutive birdies Friday to take a one-stroke lead.

The 27-year-old Oosthuizen, who plays on the European PGA Tour, birdied the fifth through seventh holes on the Old Course to reach 10-under par and pass overnight leader Rory McIlroy. The South African has played nine holes in his round.

On Thursday, McIlroy of Northern Ireland tied the record for a low round at a major golf championship with a 9-under-par 63. Also on Thursday, Tiger Woods—who’s seeking his third straight Open title at St. Andrews—is five shots back after shooting 67.

At 1:31 p.m. local time Friday, McIlroy will tee off and Woods at 2:20 p.m. After playing in favorable weather Thursday morning, Woods said he was in “in good shape” heading to the second round.

Woods, who is looking for his first win of the year, told reporters after his best British Open round since 2006, “With the conditions we had, you had to go get it. You had to take advantage of it. I felt I did a pretty good job of that.”