Joburg Open woe for Oosthuizen

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"I didn't play as many tournaments as I usually do previous year, with family issues", he said.

The Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club is part of the European Tour's International Schedule, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and South Africa's Sunshine Tour.

Frittelli is happy enough to keep his practicing down to a minimum when he's on courses he knows, and he's secure in the knowledge that Firethorn at Randpark will be more familiar. So, it's totally changed since the last time I played it.

Louis Oosthuizen has had a few problems with injuries in recent years, ranging from his back to his wriest.

"I have a friend who is a member‚ so I played a round with him on the Firethorn course", he said.

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

The home favourite, who was set to be the highest-ranked player in the field, accidentally jammed his fingers between two airport trollies on his way home from last week's Mauritius Open. "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", Oosthuizen said earlier in the week. "I hope I didn't crack the middle finger there somehow but it's swollen quite a bit and it's right on that pressure point where you hold your grip".

"The greens are running nicely, so I'll be looking for fairways and greens, and go from there".

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.

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