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Mandela Championship held up again

Updated: Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 23:15 | Comments

Michael Hoey attempts to remove his ball from the waterlogged turf in Durban
Michael Hoey attempts to remove his ball from the waterlogged turf in Durban

The first round of the weather-hit Nelson Mandela Championship was suspended for a second time on Thursday.

Tournament organisers had been hoping to catch up after a delayed start on Wednesday but were frustrated by a waterlogged course at the Mount Edgecombe Country Club in Durban and called an early end to the day's play.

Of the players who did manage to get some play in it was Oliver Bekker who made the biggest move, the South African advancing to six under through 14 holes to join Frenchmen Edouard Dubois and Romain Wattel in third place after their 64s on day one.

European Tour winner Branden Grace and Darren Fichardt were also going well at four under when the players came off.

They remained adrift of leader Daniel Brooks, however, the Englishman lighting up day one with a flawless eight-under-par 62 that put him one shot clear of Frenchman Francois Calmels.

Defending champion Scott Jamieson of Scotland was two over after 13 holes of a four-day tournament that was brought forward by a day to a Wednesday start, to avoid a clash with Sunday's funeral of former South African president Mandela.

Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey lies three under after 12 holes of his second round. Ireland's David Higgins finished two under par after his round, while compatriots Simon Thornton ended one under par, Damien McGrane one over par, and Kevin Phelan four over par.

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