Oosthuizen out of local event after sus­tain­ing freak in­jury

The Irish Times - - Sports -

Local favourite Louis Oosthuizen has pulled out of the Jo­han­nes­burg Open start­ing to­day after a freak ac­ci­dent that will go down as one of sport’s more un­usual in­juries.

The 2010 Bri­tish Open cham­pion hurt his fingers when they were caught be­tween two air­port trol­lies as he re­turned to South Africa from com­pet­ing at the Mau­ri­tius Open this past week­end.

Oosthuizen, who is in se­vere pain and un­able to grip his clubs, said he did not want to risk start­ing a tour­na­ment he could not fin­ish and deny an­other player the chance to com­pete.

“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,” he said in a news con­fer­ence.

“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. You know, I just can’t do that. So, I’m go­ing to have to with­draw.”

Cody Martin of the United States has taken Oosthuizen’s place.

Louis Oosthuizen: caught fingers in air­port trol­ley

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