Louis Oosthuizen WDs from Joburg Open because of freak injury

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Louis Oosthuizen WDs from Joburg Open because of freak injury

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Louis Oosthuizen WDs from Joburg Open because of freak injury

Louis Oosthuizen entered the final European Tour event of the 2017 calendar year riding a streak of two consecutive top-10s. However, a freak injury forced him to withdraw from this week’s Joburg Open.

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.

“This morning is even worse than it was yesterday, so I tried to grip a golf club but there’s no way I can go to my grip position,” Oosthuizen told reporters in South Africa. “It’s a bit of an unfortunate one, but I don’t want to tee off Thursday and play one hole or a few shots and then withdraw after taking someone’s spot. I just can’t do that. So I’m going to have to withdraw from this one.”

Oosthuizen said he hopes the injury is not too serious.

“I’m probably going to go do an X-ray today,” Oosthuizen said. “I hope I didn’t crack the middle finger there somehow but it’s swollen quite a bit and it’s right on that pressure point where you hold your grip. I’ll have someone check it out back home and hopefully it’s nothing much.”

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.

Oosthuizen was replaced in the field by American Cody Martin.

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