Joburg Open takes off

Joburg Open golf tournament numbers grow

Freak airport injury forces Louis Oosthuizen to pull out of European Tour event

The Sunshine Tour, who co-sanction the tournament along with the European and Asian tours, posted a photo on social media on Wednesday of Oosthuizen's bruised and swollen fingers.

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.

The two-time European Tour victor kept a bogey off his card and made three straight birdies on the front nine before picking up four shots in six holes after the turn to vault into the share of second place.

"I don't know what to say".

Six players lie a shot back with Davidse's compatriots Jared Harvey, Ockie Strydom and Erik van Rooyen in the hunt, while England's Matthew Baldwin is also in joint-second after a spirited display on the opening day.

"Obviously, I am very happy".

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The Joburg Open remains the only South African tournament serving as an official qualifier for The Open Championship in the United Kingdom and the stakes could not be higher to clinch the title.

Davidse excelled at the par fives, claiming birdies at all three, Another five birdies came at par fours with one at a par three.

"I was really looking forward to playing this week".

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

Oosthuizen was traveling from Mauritius to Johannesburg earlier this week when during the trip he jammed the fingers on his left hand between two airport luggage trolleys.

Oosthuizen was replaced in the field by American Cody Martin.

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