Louis Oosthuizen withdraws from Joburg Open after injuring fingers

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

"Unfortunately, I don't think I will be able to play this week.

I'm not anxious too much about length, because that's not much of an issue on either course". My mother-in-law was battling cancer but she's healthy again. She's healthy again, so I'm looking forward to playing a lot more than I did past year. Darren Fichardt is the defending champion after winning at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington early this year.

"But I have my caddie and yardage book‚ so I'm sure we will figure it out tomorrow and make some birdies‚" he said. He is now backing last week's victor in Mauritius, Frittelli, as the man to beat around the Firethorn and Bushwillow courses at the Randpark club.

"I'm excited to be here for a defence of my title", he said. "It's totally changed since the last time I played it".

Keenan Davidse leads outright despite spending four days in hospital ahead of the tournament
Keenan Davidse leads outright despite spending four days in hospital ahead of the tournament

"The body feels great, but I had a different incident this week with jamming my fingers in trolleys at the airport", Oosthuizen told reporters recently.

Oosthuizen had hoped the injury would recover to tee it up at the tri-sanctioned event, but had to step aside due to being unable to grip his clubs and still being in severe pain. I was actually relieved there wasn't a pro-am because I thought the rest would help but this morning is even worse than it was yesterday. So I'm going to have to withdraw from this one.

The field is, as expected, dominated by South African players and includes the likes of Mauritius victor Dylan Frittelli, George Coetzee, Haydn Porteous and Darren Fichardt.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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