WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - The second-highest-ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings to enter the Greenbrier Classic is still lurking, flying well below the radar.
But if he decides to go low today, it would sure be tough to miss his name on a leaderboard.
Louis Oosthuizen, ranked No. 10 in the world, shot a 1-under-par 69 Saturday to go with a 68 and a 67, putting him at 6 under for the tournament and on the edge of striking distance entering today's final round.
Phil Mickelson at No. 6 was the only player in the field ranked higher.
It's the first visit to White Sulphur Springs for Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion. While he hasn't lit the world on fire this week, he's still playing, which is more than many high-profile players have been able to say over the past few years.
"The course is really good, it's a nice track," Oosthuizen said. "I'm just still trying to make a putt. I'm just struggling with the speed. It's been slow with all the rain we've had and I'm just struggling to adapt. I'm hitting good putts but the speed is way off."
Oosthuizen has been dealing with minor injuries but said he is finally rounding back into form as the British Open approaches July 18-21.
It'd be unwise to rule out the man with one of the sweetest swings in golf and six European Tour wins under his belt as a possibility today, but if nothing else he feels his game is heading in the right direction.
"I've had a lot of break time with little injuries and stuff and this is my first week back really feeling good and swinging it well," Oosthuizen said. "We've got another day [today] and another week before the British but it's going well so far."
Many players familiar with The Greenbrier rave about the array of activities that come with the place, and it's caused some to wonder if some of the world's best have been distracted while here.
But Oosthuizen has been locked in on golf and said he looks forward to experiencing more of what The Greenbrier has to offer in years to come.
"There's a lot of stuff to do but I think you probably do that when you have a week off over here," Oosthuizen said. "We leave the golf course and go back to the hotel room with the kids - you could've probably done something Tuesday, Wednesday and I know there's a lot of activities. Next time I'm here I'll probably do a bit more."
Watney, Woodland surging
Had Nick Watney and Gary Woodland been playing a combined score tournament, they would've been really tough to beat on Saturday.
The fourth group off the tee at 8:02 a.m., Watney and Woodland went from the cut line to contention after Woodland shot a 6-under-par 64 Saturday and Watney a 5-under 65. Woodland now stands at 7 under and Watney is at 6 under.
Watney is making his Greenbrier Classic debut while Woodland finished fourth in 2011 but missed the cut in 2010 and last year.
Woodland has been working with Claude Harmon, son of golf coach Butch Harmon, and he said his swing is getting back to its 2011 form when he finished 17th on the PGA Tour money list and 51st in the Official World Golf Rankings. His surge at Old White TPC gave him a ranking of 36th at the time, still a career best.
"The golf course suits me well, I'm playing well," Woodland said. "Hopefully I'm within striking distance and I'll get a low one [today]."
As for Watney, if you watched the television broadcast on Friday you may have noticed him icing his right wrist between shots.
He said injured it on No. 4 on Friday and that the pain was more of a nuisance than anything else. Judging by his performance on Saturday, it won't be a problem moving forward.
"It was nice to take advantage of some calm conditions and play a good round," Watney said. "I kind of jammed it [Friday] and it's just a little sore, I don't think there's any structural damage or anything. Maybe just a strain or something. It'll be fine."
Last amateur standing
Thirteen-time West Virginia Amateur champion Pat Carter missed the cut Friday, but the only other amateur in the Greenbrier Classic field is alive and well heading into today's final round.
Michael Kim, a junior at the University of California Berkeley who will celebrate his 20th birthday next week, fired a 3-under-par 67 Saturday to move to 4 under for the tournament.
Kim is in the field on an exemption after winning the Haskins Award last month, given to the nation's top collegiate golfer. He also won the Jack Nicklaus Award, which is also given to the top college golfer and is voted on by the Golf Coaches Association of America.