Oosthuizen leads at South African Open, Els in contention

Oosthuizen leads at South African Open, Els in contention

Sitting in third place on 10-under-par was the USA's Kurt Kitayama after he registered a two-under-par-69 to go with his opening score of 63 on Bushwillow on Thursday. Four days after winning his first European Tour event, the former UNLV player is in contention in the $1.2 million South African Open.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, is leading leading the South African Open by a shot after a nine-under-par 62 in the first round.

Oosthuizen was one stroke ahead of Kurt Kitayama of the US, who won the Mauritius Open last weekend, and surprise challenger Madalitso Muthiya of Zambia. "It definitely took a toll coming into this week".

"The relaxed approach definitely helped".

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All 240 players each play a round on Bushwillow and Firethorn before Friday evening's cut, after which the final two rounds will only be played on Firethorn.

"There's still a lot of work to be done to really be where I want it to be but I've been doing a lot of different things with my coach and just getting a feel for a few more things".

Louis Oosthuizen reeled off six birdies in eight holes en route to a nine-under-par 62 that gave him the first-round lead at the South African Open. Despite eight European Tour wins, the 36-year-old has never won the South African Open. "Any time, anywhere, nine under is always going to feel nice", he said. It was one of those rounds where you don't really look at any scoreboard or your card, you just play. "I've got one of the courses out of the way so now I just focus on the main course for the week".

Wallace opened with three consecutive birdies on his way to a six-under 65, joining Tyrone Ferreira and Mark Williams in a share of fifth, while Ernie Els and Branden Grace sit in the group a further stroke back.

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