Fichardt bids to become second South African to win Joburg Open twice

Louis Oosthuizen WDs from Joburg Open because of freak injury			Getty Images

Louis Oosthuizen WDs from Joburg Open because of freak injury Getty Images

Matthew Baldwin and James Morrison made excellent starts to the Joburg Open as Keenan Davidse defied a recent illness to claim the first-round lead.

Davidse had been in hospital for four days in the build-up top the event at the Randpark Golf Club but he shrugged off the flu to set the pace on home soil.

The remaining 65 professionals (including ties) proceed to the final two rounds, which will be played on Saturday and Sunday at Firethorn Course.

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 didn't play as many tournaments as I usually do a year ago with family issues". I've worked very hard. I was in hospital for four days.so I'm very chuffed about this.

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

A group of six players were a stroke back, at seven-under-par, including South Africans Jared Harvey, Erik van Rooyen and Ockie Strydom. "I'm just out here to have fun, but obviously pleased to have played well". "I needed to play well today - it's a good feeling". I know the lines off the tee, so there's no real need to play. And I can hit a drive straight down the middle, that's really all you need.

"It's a good test, no golf course is easy, and you still had to hit your ball in the right areas and make the putts".

The Sunshine Tour, which co-sanctions the Joburg Open with the European Tour and Asian Tour, took to twitter to announce Oosthuizen's WD, and also included an image of his fingers. I have a friend who is a member‚ so I played a round with him on the Firethorn course.

There will, however, be some struggling to possibly make the halfway cut today, among them last week's victor in Mauritius and the highest ranked player in the field at 55, Dylan Frittelli.

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