Nelson Mandela Championship start delayed

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Royal_Durban Gallo Images The fairways at the Royal Durban Golf Club are waterlogged causing play to be called off the day.

Johannesburg – The first day’s play of the Nelson Mandela Championship has been called off on Thursday at a soggy Royal Durban Golf Club.

The first round would now start on Friday morning at 6.30am.

“The fairways are very waterlogged and the course hasn’t improved as much as we hoped it would overnight and further rain early this morning put us back another few hours,” European Tour tournament director Mikael Eriksson said.

“The forecast wasn’t bad at all for today and we hoped the course might have dried out a little bit more but it hasn’t actually.”

Eriksson said they had tried early in the morning to shorten the golf course in an attempt to start, but with the additional rain it did not work.

“The good scenario is that we start at 6.30am on Friday morning, we play the first round tomorrow, the second on Saturday, have a cut and then go from there. We are still hoping to get 72 holes in,” he said.

“The tees and greens are not a problem, they are fine, it’s the fairways and rough that are bad. I’m hoping the sun is going to come out but there could be some more rain on the way this afternoon.” – Sapa

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