Oosthuizen overcomes kidney stones to shoot 63 in South Africa

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa prepares to tee off during the HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (Ng Han Guan/AP)

SUN CITY, South Africa — Louis Oosthuizen overcame an uncomfortable bout of kidney stones to shoot a bogey-free 63 and take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa on Thursday.

Oosthuizen nearly withdrew and said he was up since 3 a.m. local time on the morning of the first round in some discomfort.

He didn’t show it on the course apart from having to walk a little slower round Gary Player Country Club.

The South African carded four birdies on the opening nine and five on the closing stretch to go 9 under and take a big lead at a tournament he’s never won.

Thomas Detry is second on 6 under, Guido Migliozzi third on 5 under, and defending champion Lee Westwood and Ernie Els part of a tie for fourth another shot back.

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