Brooks leads shortened event

European Tour

England’s Daniel Brooks leads the Nelson Mandela Championship after carding an an eight-under-par 62 in the first round.

The tournament, being held at Durban’s Mount Edgecombe Country Club, has been reduced to 54 holes after persistent rain delayed proceedings.

The Englishman’s round included eight birdies and no dropped shots.

Frenchman Francios Calmels trails Brooks by one shot along with South African Oliver Bekker.

Two shots back on six under are a couple more Frenchman, Edouard Dubios and Romain Wattel, who are joined by 49th ranked local Branden Grace.

Defending Champion Scott Jamieson of Scotland shot a two over 73 and is 10 shots off the pace.

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