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Davidse leads with 63 at broom-and-fork Joburg Open

08 December 2017, 02:47 | Devin Moran

Keenan Davidse leads Joburg Open after four days in hospital bed Luke Walker Getty Images

Keenan Davidse leads Joburg Open after four days in hospital bed			Luke Walker  Getty Images

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.

The 28-year-old South African missed the cut in Mauritius last week as a flu virus ran through his family, and he checked himself into the hospital ahead of the Johannesburg event.

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, 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.

Davidse mocked his world ranking of 680 with nine birdies and a lone bogey in halves of 32 and 31 over the Bushwillow track, the easier of two courses being used for the first two rounds.




"Obviously, I am very happy".

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.

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

The 2010 Open champion was looking to build on a closing 67 which saw him finish in a share of seventh at last week's Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open but somehow managed to get his finger jammed in a luggage trolley at the airport on Monday. Ticket prices are R80 per day for Thursday and Friday and R100 for Saturday and Sunday or R180 for the four days. You know, I just can't do that.



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