Durban - Heavy rain has again badly disrupted the Nelson Mandela Championship in
Durban on Thursday with only four hours and 23 minutes of play possible
before the field was called in for the day.
A seven-hour delay due
to rain marked Wednesday's first day, at the end of which Daniel Brooks
was in the lead with an eight under par 62.
That round remained
ahead by the end of Thursday's play although South African Oliver Bekker
did advance to six under through 14 holes to join French pair Edouard
Dubois and Romain Wattel in third. Fellow Frenchman Franois Calmels was
second after a 63.
Bekker, who turned 29 on Wednesday, said: "You just keep your head down and grind. There's nothing you can do about it.
you can get past the mental battle and accept that it's the same for
everyone, then I think you've already beaten half of the field.
actually happy with the delay, to be honest.
"The weather is brutal out
there at the moment and I've got a couple of tough holes coming up, so
hopefully it clears up and those holes become a little easier when I go
The first round will resume at the crack of dawn on Friday with the second round due to start shortly afterwards.
The start of this year's tournament was brought forward 24 hours to avoid a clash with the funeral of former South African president Nelson Mandela on Sunday.