Nelson Mandela tournament to be played next week

The Nelson Mandela Championship golf tournament will end one day

early next week to recognize the state funeral for the late


This is the second year the tournament is part of the official

European Tour schedule. It was scheduled for Dec. 12-15 at Mount

Edgecombe Country Club. The European Tour and Sunshine Tour say it

now will start Wednesday and end Saturday.

An official memorial service for Mandela is scheduled for

Tuesday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, where Mandela made his

last public appearance at the closing ceremony of the 2010 World

Cup. His body will lie in state Wednesday through Friday in

Pretoria. The state funeral and burial at Qunu will be Sunday.

The tournament honors Mandela’s charity work through the Nelson

Mandela Children’s Fund.