Louis Oosthuizen leads South African Open, Kurt Kitayama lurking

Kurt Kitayama is on a roll. Four days after winning his first European Tour event, the former UNLV player is in contention in the $1.2 million South African Open.

The Chico, Calif., native is one shot behind 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen after returning an 8-under 63 around the Firethorn course at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg. He’s tied for second place with Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya.

Kitayama, who earned his way onto the 2018-19 European Tour by taking the fourth card at last month’s Qualifying School, won last week’s Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open and has carried that form into South Africa’s national championship.

He had no bogeys, six birdies and an eagle to return the lowest score over the Firethorn layout.

“Last week in Mauritius was mentally very draining, trying…

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