Oosthuizen sidelined for two weeks

Louis Oosthuizen has been forced to pull out of next week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek due to a back injury.

The South African has been dealing with lower back problems for much of the year, leading to his withdrawal from the Open Championship back in July, and has now gone on a course of cortisone injections to reduce pain and inflammation.

The treatment rules him out of competition for the next 14 days.

“I was really excited to play in the tournament so it is very disappointing to miss out,” the 31-year-old said in a statement.

“My back has been sore during the last few tournaments and it has been frustrating. I’m hopeful the injections will free up the problem and enable it to go away completely.”

Oosthuizen plans to be back for the Nedbank Golf Challenge in December.