SA Open hit by rain
Durban – Play at the 100th SA Open was suspended at 8:53 on Thursday with only six players having completed nine holes of their first round at Durban Country Club.
A steady drizzle which began on Wednesday night saturated the course to the point that it has become temporarily unplayable with parts of the course beginning to look like extra water hazards.
Retief Goosen, Martin Maritz, Divan van den Heever, Scotland’s David Drysdale, and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen are all currently tied for the lead on two-under-par, with Goosen faring the best having only completed four holes.
2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen is on one-under-par through six holes. 2007 SA Open Champion James Kingston, who is playing with Oosthuizen, is also on one-under-par.
European Tour Q-School graduates Shaun Norris and Jaco van Zyl are also one-under-par and Handa Singapore Classic champion Peter Karmis is on one-under-par through four holes.
The leading amateurs at this point are Ryan Dreyer and Coenie Bester who each made par on their opening holes.
Four-time champion Ernie Els was due to tee off in the afternoon field.