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Ooshuizen shoots 63 after kidney stones scare

14th November 2019, 16:01 by Neil Foster

Louis Oosthuizen posted a sensational nine-under-par 63 on day one of the Nedbank Challenge after suffering with kidney stones.

The South African carded nine birdies in an error-free round and is three strokes clear of Belgium's Thomas Detry.

It was a superb display by the 37-year-old, especially given what he had to deal with prior to teeing it up at the Gary Player Country Club.

"Yesterday I spent a bit of time in the hospital and crawling around my hotel room with kidney stones, at 3am this morning, on my knees next to the toilet, which is not a great spot," he told the European Tour.

"I didn't think I was going to tee off early this morning. I thought it was going to be a horrible week for me. Somehow it got better a lot faster than what I expected - it sort of eased in like at 6 or 7am."

Italy's Guido Migliozzi has outright possession of third spot on -5 after the first 18 holes, while a pair of South Africans – Ernie Els and Zander Lombard - plus defending champion Lee Westwood, are tied for fourth on -4.

Ten players reached three-under, with Tommy Fleetwood and George Coetzee among them, but there was no doubt who was the main attraction on Thursday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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