Nedbank Golf Challenge R1

Oosthuizen dominates in Sun City

November 14-17
Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa
$7,500,000
Live leaderboard
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Louis Oosthuizen carded a stunning bogey free round of 63 to open up a three shot lead after day one of the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player – the seventh Rolex Series event on the 2019 Race to Dubai.

Nedbank Golf Challenge R1 - Oosthuizen dominates
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“Considering that at 3am this morning, I didn’t think I was doing going to tee it up, I’m very chuffed with that round. I woke yesterday with kidney stones and this morning was very uncomfortable, but it sort of eased at 6, 7am. You could see me walking slower and just going at everything a little slower out there.

“But I know I played good at the WGC-HSBC Champions two weeks ago and I know the swing is there, the putting’s there. I just need to be healthy to play.

“I just love this golf course. One of my first wins on the Sunshine Tour was here, the Dimension Data, and every time I play here, it brings back a lot of good memories.”


The South African has claimed five of his nine European Tour wins on home soil but has yet to lift the trophy at the event they call “Africa’s Major”- although he has three top tens in his last four appearances at Gary Player Country Club.

His victory earlier this season at the South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg fulfilled a long held ambition to win his national championship and he now has the perfect platform to launch a challenge for a first Rolex Series win.

His nine under par effort was made all the more remarkable by the fact that he withdrew from Wednesday’s pro-am with kidney stones and was not sure he would be able to play at all just hours before his tee time.

Belgian Thomas Detry is Oosthuizen’s nearest challenger at six under par, one shot ahead of Italy’s Guido Migliozzi, who is in contention for the Rookie of the Year crown after recording two wins in his debut season.

“I had it going pretty quickly,” said Detry. “I have got good vibes out here. I played pretty well here last year. Not quite as good as Louis today, but pretty happy.

“I’ve been playing really, really well recently. You know, again last week, I was 11-under after two rounds and didn’t play quite as good on the weekend, but I’m very comfortable with my game, and if I can keep the putter hot for four days, then something might happen.”

Defending champion Lee Westwood, three time winner Ernie Els and another home favourite in Zander Lombard are at four under par, while 2017 Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood and South African pair George Coetzee and Richard Sterne are amongst a group of ten players at three under par.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-9
63
2
Thomas Detry
BEL
-6
66
3
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-5
67
T4
Ernie Els
RSA
-4
68
T4
Zander Lombard
RSA
-4
68
T4
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
68
T7
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-3
69
T7
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-3
69
T7
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-3
69
T7
Richard Sterne
RSA
-3
69
T7
George Coetzee
RSA
-3
69
T7
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-3
69
T7
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-3
69
T7
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
69
T7
Paul Waring
ENG
-3
69
T7
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-3
69
T17
Aaron Rai
ENG
-2
70
T17
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
70
T17
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-2
70
T17
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-2
70
T17
Martin Kaymer
GER
-2
70
T17
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-2
70
T17
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-2
70
T17
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
70
T25
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-1
71
T25
Tom Lewis
ENG
-1
71
T25
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-1
71
T25
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-1
71
T29
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
72
T29
David Lipsky
USA
Par
72
T29
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
Par
72
T29
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
Par
72
T29
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
72
T29
Richie Ramsay
SCO
Par
72
T29
Joost Luiten
NED
Par
72
T29
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
72
T29
Kalle Samooja
FIN
Par
72
T38
Jordan Smith
ENG
1
73
T38
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
73
T38
Haotong Li
CHN
1
73
T38
Alexander Noren
SWE
1
73
T38
Justin Harding
RSA
1
73
T38
Romain Langasque
FRA
1
73
T38
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
73
T38
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
1
73
T38
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
1
73
T38
Matt Wallace
ENG
1
73
T38
Steven Brown
ENG
1
73
T49
Adria Arnaus
ESP
2
74
T49
Henrik Stenson
SWE
2
74
T49
Ryan Fox
NZL
2
74
T49
Ian Poulter
ENG
2
74
T49
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
2
74
T49
Branden Grace
RSA
2
74
T49
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
2
74
T49
Gavin Green
MAS
2
74
T57
Andy Sullivan
ENG
3
75
T57
Chris Paisley
ENG
3
75
T59
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
4
76
T59
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
4
76
T61
Scott Hend
AUS
5
77
T61
Andrea Pavan
ITA
5
77
63
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
9
81