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Oosthuizen holds one-shot lead in South African Open

6th December 2018, 17:08 by Craig Smithson

Louis Oosthuizen fired a first round bogey-free nine-under-par 62 to lead the South African Open by one shot on home soil.

The 36-year-old 2010 Open champion's round on the Bushwillow Course at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg included nine birdies as he holds a slender lead over joint-second duo Madalitso Muthiya and last week's Mauritius Open champion Kurt Kitayama.

"Any time, anywhere, nine under is always going to feel nice," Oosthuizen said on the European Tour website. "It was one of those rounds where you don't really look at any scoreboard or your card, you just play.

"I drove it really well and gave myself good opportunities to hit it close and I'm putting nicely, so it was just birdie after birdie.

"There's a long way to go. I've got one of the courses out of the way so now I just focus on the main course for the week and it feels like a new tournament starting tomorrow for me."

Kityama started his tournament on the venue's Firethorn Course and recorded the lowest round of the day on that, while South African Zander Lombard is another shot further back in fourth.

England's Matt Wallace is in a group of three players, alongside Tyrone Ferreira and Mark Williams, on six under after mixing eight birdies with two bogeys in his opening round.

Nine players then sit on five under, including South African greats Ernie Els and Branden Grace.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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