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IN CONTENTION: Oosthuizen produces run of SIX straight birdies at LIV Golf Tucson

Image credit: Chris Trotman/LIV Golf

Louis Oosthuizen produced a sparkling 6 straight birdies to put himself and his team in contention on day one of LIV Golf Tucson.

Through his first 12 holes, Louis Oosthuizen had posted 11 pars and 1 bogey. Suddenly, everything changed. The Stinger GC Captain finished his round with six consecutive birdies, the longest birdie streak in a single round in LIV Golf’s young history.

Oosthuizen, who’s managing an injury issue to his left elbow, said: “I wanted to try and keep going, really. I had to make a bogey to realize that I need to pull my finger a little bit out.” Two of his Stinger teammates, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace, won the first two events in the 2002 Invitational Series season. If Oosthuizen can build on his six-birdie streak this weekend, he could be the third South African to claim an individual title.

“I just gave myself great opportunities coming in, and you get those runs,” he said. “I can’t remember when last I had six in a row. It must be years ago.”

On day one Leishman (Ripper GC) opened with a 6-under 65 at The Gallery South Course to grab a one-shot lead over Abraham Ancer (Fireballs GC), Matthew Wolff (Smash GC) and Louis Oosthuizen (Stinger GC captain).

Peter Uihlein (4Aces GC) and Torque GC teammates Joaquin Niemann and David Puig are tied for fifth, two shots behind.