Louis Oosthuizen and Dylan Frittelli will be the only two South Africans in action at this week’s CJ Cup in Las Vegas.
A star-studded field will tee off at the picturesque Shadow Creek Golf Course on Thursday and despite the shock withdrawal of world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who tested positive for Covid-19, Oosthuizen and Frittelli will have to rise to the occasion.
Oosthuizen managed a T19 at last week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open where he concluded with a solid seven-under-par 64 for the final round, while Frittelli started quite well with a 67 and 64 on the opening two days, before coming home with consecutive rounds of 70 to settle in T34.
The 2010 Open Championship winner started the new PGA Tour season with a bang by securing third spot at the recent US Open at Winged Foot, which moved him back into the top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
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In general, Oosthuizen has had a pretty composed year on Tour, knocking on the door at a number of events indicating a possible imminent victory.
Frittelli has also been striving for consistency throughout the year, but is becoming more and more accustomed to performing on the PGA Tour.
He might have started the new season by missing the cut at the Sanderson Farms Championship but will still pose a decent threat throughout the week in Las Vegas.
Oosthuizen has been paired alongside American Brendon Todd and Australian Jason Day for the opening two rounds of the CJ Cup, while Frittelli will play with Jim Herman and Michael Thompson in a group.