Oosthuizen fires nine-birdie 62 to lead South African Open

Johannesburg (AFP) – Louis Oosthuizen made a spectacular return to the EPGA South African Open after an eight-year absence by carding a nine-under-par 62 Thursday to take the first-round lead.

The 36-year-old South African is one shot ahead of American Kurt Kitayama, who won the Mauritius Open last Sunday, and Zambian Madalitso Muthiya, ranked 1,330 in the world.

South African Zander Lombard lies fourth after a 64 over one of two courses being used at the Randpark Golf Club in a Johannesburg suburb.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open winner and a runner-up in all four majors, called his first round in sweltering conditions over the shorter Bushwillow course “beautiful”.

“The greens were very good and receptive,” he said after a round spiced with nine birdies and containing no dropped shots.

“I kept…

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