Louis Oosthuizen picked up a finger injury and was forced to pull out of the Joburg Open on Wednesday.
Oosthuizen, who was coming off successive top-10 finishes at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and Mauritius Open, was understandably one of the favourites to win the R16.5 million event, but he proposed compatriot Dylan Frittelli, the victor of the Indian Ocean island tournament last weekend, as a strong contender for the title at Randpark.
While traveling to Johannesburg for his home country's Joburg Open, he sustained a freakish injury in an airport that later prompted him to withdraw from the event.
Oosthuizen was traveling from Mauritius to Johannesburg earlier this week when during the trip he jammed the fingers on his left hand between two airport luggage trolleys.
"I'm here and I was ready to do everything this week".
Oosthuizen was a shock withdrawal from the tournament on Wednesday morning after hurting two fingers on his right hand; a big blow for the organisers of the tri-sanctioned event in Randburg. I was actually relieved there wasn't a pro-am because I thought the rest would help but this morning is even worse than it was yesterday.
"I didn't want to tee off and then have to withdraw after one hole, and take someone else's spot", said Oosthuizen, who would have been one of the favourites to win this week. "Unfortunately, I don't think I will be able to play this week".
"I'm probably going to go do an X-ray today".
"I'll have someone check it out back home and hopefully it's nothing much".