With the Presidents Cup just more than a week away, International team member Louis Oosthuizen logged his first competitive round since withdrawing from the Open Championship: a 2-over 74 Thursday at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Oosthuizen made a double bogey and two bogeys on the front nine Thursday at Carnoustie – one of three courses being played this week – before three birdies and a bogey on the closing nine gave him a couple shots back.
He is 10 shots back of the lead, which is shared by five players: Tom Lewis, Oliver Wilson, Alexandre Kaleka, Mark Tullo and Richard McEvoy. Lewis and Wilson carded 8-under 64s at Kingsbarns while the other three co-leaders played the Old Course at St. Andrews in 8 under, as well.
Jamie Donaldson had the low round at Carnoustie: a 7-under 65. Former Texas player Brandon Stone and former Alabama standout Justin Thomas each shot 6-under 66, Stone at Kingsbarns and Thomas at St. Andrews.
Max Orrin, who like Thomas recently turned pro after the Walker Cup, shot even-par 72 at Kingsbarns.
Oosthuizen had been sidelined with neck, back and hip injuries. He also had to withdraw from the U.S. Open in June and has just three top 10s in 15 starts on the PGA and European tours this season.
He reached as high as No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking after his win at the Volvo Golf Champions earlier this season, but has since fallen to No. 28.