Davidse overcomes illness to lead Joburg Open

No Joburg Open for Louis Oosthuizen

Freakish airport accident keeps Louis Oosthuizen out

Geary is tied 189th and 11 shots behind leader Keenan Davidse who crawled out of a hospital bed to shoot a 63.

In the field of 240 players from the Sunshine, European and Asian tours, 159 players were even or better after the first round - played on both the courses at Randpark.

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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.

The two-time European Tour victor kept a bogey off his card and made three straight birdies on the front nine before picking up four shots in six holes after the turn to vault into the share of second place. "I'm obviously very happy and pleased", he said.

"When I played at Simola (recently) my little boy was sick with a bad chest, then my wife had the flu and then I got the flu, and lost a lot of weight. I'm just out here to have fun, but obviously pleased to have played well".

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Defending champion Darren Fichardt of South Africa opened with a three-over 75.

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.

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.

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American Cody Martin took his place and returned a 71.

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