Darren Fichardt guns for a Joburg Open double

Darren Fichardt guns for a Joburg Open double

The 2010 British Open champ hoped he'd feel better by the time this week's European Tour event started, but that hasn't been the case.

"The body feels great, but unfortunately I jammed two fingers on my right hand in a trolley at the airport and I won't be able to play this weekend", explained the 2010 Open Championship victor.

Oosthuizen's freaky injury, however, opens up the door for red-hot compatriot Dylan Frittelli, who won in Mauritius last week, to try and secure his place at the 2018 Masters at Augusta National.

"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", Oosthuizen told reporters in South Africa.

"I didn't want to tee off and then have to withdraw after one hole, and take someone else's spot", said Oosthuizen, who would have been one of the favourites to win this week. You know, I just can't do that.

"The greens are running nicely, so I'll be looking for fairways and greens, and go from there".

Oosthuizen said he'll have X-rays on the fingers to see if there is any additional damage to them.

And in another change to the tournament, the Asian Tour is on board as a third sanctioning body of the event, which features the biggest field in any Sunshine Tour or European Tour event with 240 players teeing it up over the Firethorn and Bushwillow courses at Randpark.

The field is, as expected, dominated by South African players and includes the likes of Mauritius victor Dylan Frittelli, George Coetzee, Haydn Porteous and Darren Fichardt.

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