Oosthuizen to miss Dunhill Links

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Open champion Louis Oosthuizen will not be returning this week to the scene of his greatest triumph.

Open champion Louis Oosthuizen will not be returning this week to the Old Course at St Andrews, scene of his greatest triumph.

The 2010 Open Champion injured an ankle ligament while on a hunting trip during a recent holiday break in South Africa and will not be fit enough to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship later this week.

The Old Course is one of the three used in the Alfred Dunhill Links event, the other two being Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

Stuart Cage, Oosthuizen’s agent said the 27-year-old, who became the fourth South African after Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Ernie Els to lift the Old Claret Jug when he won The Open by all of seven shots earlier this year, was recovering well from the injury but would not be fit enough to take his place in Dunhill’s celebrity pro-am which tees off on Thursday

Oosthuizen has played in the Dunhill every year since making his European Tour debut there in 2003 and, according to Cage, “Is massively disappointment as he was really looking forward to going back to St Andrews.

“He should be back for Portugal Masters the following week but, if not, he will definitely be back for the Grand Slam Of Golf tournament that follows.”

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