Louis Oosthuizen closed with an eagle on Saturday to sign for a third round of seven-under-par 65 in the DP World Tour’s BMW International Open in Munich.
His eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys lifted him into a share of 10th on 12-under for the tournament, eight strokes behind the leader Haotong Li of China, who has led from the start. Li had a five-under 67 in his third round to reach 20-under, three shots clear of Thomas Pieters of Belgium. England’s Jordan Smith was third on 16-under.
Oosthuizen began his third round with a bogey on the first, but he picked up birdies on the second, sixth and ninth. He started his homeward nine with a bogey on the 10th, and then reeled off four birdies in a row from the 13th to the 16th. He rounded things off with his eagle-three on 18 to join Billy Horschel, Lukas Nemecz and Pablo Larrazabal in 10th.
Wilco Nienaber continued his solid week with a third round of three-under 69 to move to 11-under for the tournament together with Daniel van Tonder, who carded a 70. They were in a share of 14th, one behind Oosthuizen.
Brandon Stone had a four-under 68 to move to 10-under in a share of 21st, with Zander Lombard, George Coetzee, Louis de Jager and Dean Burmester all on eight-under in a share of 38th. Thriston Lawrence was on six-under and Jacques Kruyswijk was on five-under.