Oosthuizen out for two months

South African hoping to be match fit for Alfred Dunhill Links in September

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Tue, 30 Jul 2013

Oosthuizen out for two months

Louis Oosthuizen faces around two months out of action because of the injury that forced him to withdraw from the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield.

Oosthuizen, who pulled out of the third major of the season after eight holes because of long-standing injuries to his neck, back and hip, will miss this week’s WGC - Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship.

“It is obviously very disappointing to miss out on playing in such prestigious tournaments,” said the South African, who has since begun a period of rest, rehabilitation and strengthening.

“But these are injuries that I have been managing for most of the season. It is important that I now give myself the proper time to recover.”

Oosthuizen hopes to return at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in late September.

Presidents Cup captain Nick price is concerned at the absence of the 30-year-old who lies second in the international points standings.

"I spoke to him about four or five days ago, and he's not going to play until the Dunhill (26-29 September), which is the week before the Presidents Cup," Price said

So we really won't know if he's match-fit or not until the week before, and being one of the top four or five players that I have on the team, it's a concern.

"But I said to him, 'just get healthy first.' That's the most important thing. I don't really want him to injure himself further."

"He has a hip flexor problem, and anything in the torso in the golf swing, as many of you know, can be very painful,” Price added.

"But we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. He's going to keep me posted on his progress, and he's gone back to South Africa to rest up."

 

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