Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Westwood happy to be back in Sun City

Westwood happy to be back in Sun City

Louis Oosthuizen had to fight kidney stones the morning prior to the opening round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge as he fired to the top of the leaderboard at Sun City on Thursday.SA's top ranked golfer carded a superb opening round of 63, nine shots under par, to take a...

"Considering at 3am this morning I didn't think I was going to tee it up, I'm very chuffed with that round", said Oosthuizen, who sits three strokes clear of nearest rival Thomas Detry.

However, he has three top 10s in his previous four appearances at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.

Oosthuizen certainly showed no signs of the pain he was in as he started with four birdies in his first six holes and then went into the back nine with three straight birdies before adding another two at the 14th and 17th holes.

Migliozzi set the initial goal of the clubhouse after birdie in six of his nine opening holes on his way to a 67 of five below, while Lee Westwood opened his title defense with 68 no bogey to join Ernie Els in group five out of the rhythm.

"But I'm just be trying to play my best and if I'm in there in contention on Sunday, I'll be pleased with that". "I really came here with a plan to try and get a swing going, which I kind of did".

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"The whole of yesterday, I spent my time in the hospital in Rustenburg. I was coming down to these parts already - I'm over 50 now, so I'm the oldest guy in the field, but I've had so many great memories around Sun City from fans and from the people I've met here, and obviously the golf course is very special to me". I shot four good rounds and gave myself a chance of winning, and you know, hopefully I can carry that on and just keep working on what I'm working on and hopefully that will be good enough. I missed past year, the way scheduling worked out.

"I didn't quite expect that". One of my first wins on the Sunshine Tour was here, the Dimension Data. "Today was a good day". "I was very uncomfortable but at 6, 7 o'clock it started getting better".

"You can't win this tournament on the first day", Westwood said. Anything under 70 always feels like a great start to this tournament. I played well in Turkey last week, and excited to get back on the golf course this week.

He produced a bogey-free round, including one remarkable escape from a buried lie under the lip of a bunker.

Meanwhile 2017 Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood and South African pair George Coetzee and Richard Sterne are among a group of 10 players at three-under.

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