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No play on day one in Durban
Last updated: 16th December 2012
The first round of the Nelson Mandela Championship has been postponed until Friday due to a waterlogged course.
The Royal Durban Golf Club was set to get the 2013 Race to Dubai and European Tour underway but the start of the new season will have to wait until Friday.
The course was already taking strain with many areas soggy, but further rain overnight left it unplayable.
"The fairways are very waterlogged. 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," tournament director Mikael Eriksson told Sky Sports.
"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.
"We tried early this morning to shorten the golf course - made a couple of par fours into par threes, one par five into a par three as well - in an attempt to start, but with the additional rain as we were trying to restart it didn't work.
"The good scenario is that we start at 6.30am on Friday morning, 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.
"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."
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