Louis Oosthuizen carded a two-under-par 68 on Thursday in the opening round of the PGA Tour’s season finale Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.
With the complex scoring system involved in the tournament – the leading player in the FedEx Cup to that point started the tournament at 10-under – Oosthuizen was in a share of 10th at five-under after starting off at three-under. He is now eight behind the lead held by last week’s winner, Patrick Cantlay, who opened with three-under to move to 13-under. He’s two ahead of Jahn Rahm who made some headway on the gap between himself and the lead with his opening five-under taking him to 11-under.
Oosthuizen was returning from a couple of week’s rest for a neck problem, and he made a bogey on the first hole. He regained that stroke with a birdie on two, and then he made birdie on seven and bogey on eight to turn in level-par. He framed his homeward nine with birdies on 10 and 18.
The other South African in the 30-man field is Erik van Rooyen, and he made a one-under-par 69 to go to one-under overall after starting in level-par.