Louis Oosthuizen leads SA charge at US Open in Round 1 – LIVE

Louis Oosthuizen has justified his tag as one of the favourites for the 121st US Open as he reached four-under-par through 16 holes as play was suspended due to darkness.

Louis Oosthuizen leads SA charge at US Open in Round 1 – LIVE

He started his opening round with an irritating early bogey on Thursday, but Louis Oosthuizen went on to justify his tag as one of the favourites for the 121st US Open as he reached four-under-par through 16 holes as play was suspended due to darkness.

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But for that dropped shot on the par-three 11th after he started his day on the 10th hole, it was flawless golf from the 2010 Open champion as he held a share of the lead in the incomplete first round at Torrey Pines in San Diego with the par-three eighth and the par-five ninth still to be played.

Louis Oosthuizen shares top spot with American Russell Henley, who has completed his round, and he revealed just what it is that makes him a contender in just about every major championship in which he tees it up.

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“I just enjoy playing really tough golf courses,” Louis Oosthuizen said.

“I think somehow I focus a little bit better when I play those courses, knowing that the margin for error is really small. Especially around this place, you’ve got to drive it well, you’ve got to start it in the fairway, and you’re going to have trouble if you’re missing fairways around this golf course and I’ve really been driving it good lately.”

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Louis Oosthuizen’s focus has him a shot clear of Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello, both of whom have completed their rounds, and two ahead of two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka, who has also finished round one.

Koepka shares fifth place with one of the other favourites, local Xander Schauffele, as well as with Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Spaniard Jon Rahm.

Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, was the next-best of the nine South Africans in the field with his level-par opener of 71. He made four birdies and four bogeys to be in a share of 23rd together with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy.

Debutant Wilco Nienaber carded a creditable one-over for the first round, and he dominated the driving distance statistics once again. He averaged 340.1 yards off the tee to the field average of 304.33. He was also ahead of Bryson DeChambeau, who averaged 337.40.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who had a hole-out eagle on the 18th, was also on one-over, with Dylan Frittelli and Branden Grace on two-over.

Erik van Rooyen was on three-over after finishing the first round, while Garrick Higgo battled his way to five-over-par 76. The final South African in the field, Thomas Aiken, endured a tough day with his nine-over 80.

For Oosthuizen, the start was important, but there is still work to be done: “I played nicely, putted nicely and hopefully I can just keep the momentum going,” he said.

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Lockdown Murder: Former cop fired shotgun at unarmed man

Sibusiso Amos was inside his house when he was shot during a lockdown enforcement operation in March 2020. Three children were also injured.

Lockdown Murder: Former cop fired shotgun at unarmed man

A former policeman who gunned down a man in the sanctity of his home during a lockdown enforcement operation has been found guilty of murder in the Gauteng High Court. 

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, said the former officer had shot and killed Sibusiso Amos with a shotgun in his home during hard lockdown in March 2020. Three children who were also inside the house at the time were injured during the shooting.

“The family of Sibusiso Amos, who was fatally shot by a security officer in March 2020 at Vosloorus when Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officers were enforcing Level 5 lockdown regulations, received justice following the conviction of Siphiwe George Ndlovu,” Mjonondwane said.

Ndlovu was found guilty of the lockdown murder, three counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

“Amos was shot inside the yard at his home after an argument broke out between him and the EMPD officers that were chasing patrons from a nearby tavern. Three children who were in the house were also wounded during the shooting.” Mjonondwane said.

“Amos was shot at close range by live ammunition, whilst standing behind a locked burglar gate. The bullet was fired from one of the EMPD officers’ shot gun,” he said.

Ndlovu told the court that he picked up the gun soon after the officer fell down following an attack from members of the community during the lockdown operation. He then saw a scuffle inside the yard between Amos and EMPD officers. He approached and fired shots towards Amos to scare him off in order to stop the scuffle. 

State advocate, Rolene Barnard, argued that Ndlovu was a former police officer, knowledgeable about gun handling and precautionary measures to take when using guns. She asked the court to take into consideration the fact that Amos had been shot at the sanctity of his own home, that he was unarmed and had not provoked the officers.

The court rejected Ndlovu’s evidence as highly improbable and accepted the evidence of state witnesses. 

Judge Thifhelimbilu Mudau remarked that evidence provided by state witnesses was more reliable. 

The lockdown murder case was postponed to 29 June for arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentence.

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