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Rain-hit Nelson Mandela Championship suspended again

ESPN staff
December 12, 2013
A heavy deluge of rain left the Mount Edgecombe Country Club course unplayable © Getty Images

The opening round of the Nelson Mandela Championship was suspended for a second time on Thursday after more heavy rain in Durban.

After the start of the tournament was delayed by seven hours on Wednesday, organisers had been hoping to catch up. However the Mount Edgecombe Country Club course remained waterlogged and after another deluge of rain play was called off for the day.

Englishman Daniel Brooks leads the tournament after an eight-under 62, one shot ahead of Francois Calmels.

Of those who did play, South African Oliver Bekker reached six under through 14 which left him in a tie for third place with French duo Edouard Dubois and Romain Wattel following their opening 64s.

Bekker told the European Tour's website: "You just keep your head down and grind. There's nothing you can do about [the weather].

"If 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.

"I'm 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.

"The forecast for [Friday] and Saturday is pretty good, so if it clears up we could get a few good rounds in."

The tournament was originally brought forward by a day to avoid clashing with Sunday's funeral for former South African president Mandela.

Leaderboard - first round suspended:

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