After flying back after a T-7 at last week's AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, Oosthuizen injured a couple fingers when he got them stuck between two airport trolleys (baggage carts to Americans).
Oosthuizen was traveling from Mauritius to Johannesburg earlier this week when during the trip he jammed the fingers on his left hand between two airport luggage trolleys.
The Joburg Open remains the only South African tournament serving as an official qualifier for The Open Championship in the United Kingdom and the stakes could not be higher to clinch the title.
Airports: the bane of European Tour professionals' lives.
Even after the cancellation of Tuesday's pro-am event bought him more time to recover, Oosthuizen isn't fit to tee off tomorrow.
"Unfortunately, I don't think I will be able to play 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.
The injury has swollen to the point where he can not grip his clubs and, for the good of the tournament, he has taken an early decision to pull out.
"It's a bit of an unfortunate one, but 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'm probably going to go do an X-ray today". "I hope I didn't crack the middle finger there somehow but it's swollen quite a bit and it's right on that pressure point where you hold your grip".