South African Louis Oosthuizen was preparing for a homecoming at this week's Joburg Open when he injured himself by jamming his finger in a luggage trolley at the airport on Monday, according to a report on the European Tour's website.
The 2010 Open Champion reportedly suffered such bad swelling following the accident that he felt he had no other choice but to withdraw from the event at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg.
"The body feels great but I had a different incident this week with jamming my fingers in trolleys at the airport," Oosthuizen said.
"Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be able to play this week.
With the Joburg Open's Tuesday pro-am cancelled, the 35-year-old even had an extra day of rest to try to let his finger heal but said the swelling only became more severe.
"I’m here and I was ready to do everything this week. 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," Oosthuizen said earlier in the week.
"I tried to grip a golf club but there’s no way I can go to my grip position.
"It’s a sad thing but you know I have had my struggles with a couple of things. My body actually feels great but when something like this happens the Monday when I travel, it’s a bit of an unfortunate one.
"I don’t want to tee off Thursday and play one hole or a few shots and then withdraw after taking someone’s spot, I just can’t do that. So I’m going to have to withdraw from this one.
"I was really looking forward to playing this week. I had a goal of getting back in the top 20 by the end of the season, I needed a good week this week so, unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.
Oosthuizen's hopes of a win on home soil appeared bright following his seventh place finish at last week's Mauritius Open which was won by his countryman Dylan Fritelli.
"I haven’t played in Joburg in a while so I was really excited for playing," Oosthuizen said.
"I felt really ready for this week, the game felt good, I didn’t make a lot of putts last week so I was eager to get going this week."
"I’ll have someone check it out back home and hopefully it’s nothing much."
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