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

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

The Sunshine Tour, which co-sponsors the tour with the European Tour, tweeted a look at Oosthuizen's injured fingers. "So when it rained all Tuesday at Randpark, I made a decision to use the trick".

A field of 240 players is split over the Bushwillows and Firethorn courses for the first two days.

"Obviously, I am very happy".

The last Joburg Open, staged at a different venue in the largest South African city, was cut from four rounds to three because of torrential seasonal rain. Nine birdies and a bogey resulted in a 63 and a one shot lead going into Friday's second round.

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

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.




He hurt his fingers when they were caught between airport trollies after returning from the Mauritius Open.

"I was really looking forward to playing in the Joburg Open for the first time so I'm very frustrated".

"When I played the Sunshine Tour event at Simola my little boy was sick with a bad chest".

Things were not so good for defending champion Darren Fichardt, though, as he could only finish in 75, leaving him well adrift.

Oosthuizen, who was coming off successive top-10 finishes at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and Mauritius Open, was understandably one of the favourites to win the R16.5 million event, but he proposed compatriot Dylan Frittelli, the victor of the Indian Ocean island tournament last weekend, as a strong contender for the title at Randpark.


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