Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Louis Oosthuizen withdraws from Joburg Open after injuring fingers

Louis Oosthuizen withdraws from Joburg Open after injuring fingers

The Joburg Open is the final tournament of the year on the European Tour, and is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and South Africa's Sunshine Tour.

Geary is tied 189th and 11 shots behind leader Keenan Davidse who crawled out of a hospital bed to shoot a 63.

She hung a broom on a tree outside the clubhouse and buried a fork at the base of the trunk while a colleague placed a glass of water upside down on a saucer above the fork.

Although some rain fell Thursday at the suburban club, there was no threat of play being suspended or abandoned for the 240 competitors. It's always nice leading a big tournament and especially the Joburg Open.

Davidse, who plays out of Stellenbosch, was among the first men out on Thursday morning, teeing off at 7am on the Bushwillow course and he made the most of good scoring conditions.

Oosthuizen, who was coming off successive top-10 finishes at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and Mauritius Open, was understandably one of the favourites to win the R16.5 million event, but he proposed compatriot Dylan Frittelli, the victor of the Indian Ocean island tournament last weekend, as a strong contender for the title at Randpark.

"I'm obviously very happy", said the 28-year-old.

"I didn't really have any expectations coming into the week". "I just can't do that".

Six golfers lie second on 64 - South Africans Jared Harvey, Erik van Rooyen and Ockie Strydom, English pair Matthew Baldwin and James Morrison and German Sebastian Heisele. Some guys say this golf course (Bushwillow) is easy, but you've still got to hit the ball. South African Darren Fichardt is the defending champ.

There will, however, be some struggling to possibly make the halfway cut today, among them last week's victor in Mauritius and the highest ranked player in the field at 55, Dylan Frittelli.

Title favourite and former British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa withdrew after a freak eve-of-tournament accident.

American Cody Martin took his place and returned a 71.

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