South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen suffers freak injury at airport

Aubrey Yates
Декабря 7, 2017

Fichardt won a tournament that was shortened by rain to a 54-hole event in February by a single stroke over Stuart Manley of Wales and Paul Waring of England.

The Sunshine Tour, which co-sanctions this event along with the European Tour, tweeted a photo of the injury, which shows Oosthuizen's left middle and index fingers both swollen and bruised. "I had a goal of getting back in the top 20 by the end of the season, I needed a good week this week so, unfortunately, that's not going to happen". But the courses are pretty much standard Highveld parklands courses, and I know those well.

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BIG CONTENDER Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa will aim to win big at the Joburg

Oosthuizen said he could have waited a bit longer - until Thursday morning when the tournament gets underway - but felt that wouldn't be fair on the other players hoping to get a spot in the lucrative tournament.

"My mother-in-law was battling cancer. I'll be surprised if a South African doesn't win the tournament and having played with Dylan in Mauritius last weekend, he's definitely one of the favourites", Oosthuizen said. "So I'm looking forward to playing a lot more than I did a year ago". "It's totally changed since the last time I played it". "I didn't have a really bad tournament since Switzerland, really".

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Oosthuizen's freakish injury, however, opens up the door for red-hot compatriot Dylan Frittelli, who won in Mauritius last week, to try and secure his place at the 2018 Masters at Augusta National.

"And it's similar weather to previous year, which is a good thing!"

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