Joburg Open golf tournament numbers grow

Joburg Open golf tournament numbers grow

Joburg Open golf tournament numbers grow

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.

She hung a broom on a tree outside the clubhouse and buried a fork at the base of the trunk while a colleague placed a glass of water upside down on a saucer above the fork.

The Joburg Open remains the only South African tournament serving as an official qualifier for The Open Championship in the United Kingdom and the stakes could not be higher to clinch the title.

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140 was taking on the tougher Firethorn Course today but the big hitter thrived on the lengthier of the two layouts which was playing even longer due to heavy rain.

Davidse, a 28-year-old South African, missed the cut in Mauritius last week as a flu virus ran through his family, and he checked himself into the hospital for four days ahead of the Johannesburg event. "I'm obviously very happy and pleased", he said.

"When I played the Sunshine Tour event at Simola my little boy was sick with a bad chest". I'm just out here to have fun, obviously, so I'm very blessed to be playing well.

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A group of six players were a stroke back, at seven-under-par, including South Africans Jared Harvey, Erik van Rooyen and Ockie Strydom.

Things were not so good for defending champion Darren Fichardt, though, as he could only finish in 75, leaving him well adrift.

Title favourite and former British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa withdrew after a freak eve-of-tournament accident.

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After flying back after a T-7 at last week's AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, Oosthuizen injured a couple fingers when he got them stuck between two airport trolleys (baggage carts to Americans).

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