Top SA star forced to withdraw from SA Open

Cape Town - South Africa's Erik van Rooyen has withdrawn from the SA Open ahead of the opening round at Randpark Golf Club on Thursday due to illness.

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Van Rooyen, ranked 139th in the world rankings, confirmed the news on his Twitter account, writing: "Sad and frustrated to have withdrawn from the @SAOpen_Golf. A decision I had to make, even if it was one I didn't want to. Good luck to all the guys competing. Let’s hope a SAFFA can bring it home".

Countryman Conway Kunneke took his place in the field and teed off on Thursday alongside Brandon Stone and last week's Mauritius Open winner, Kurt Kitayama.