Opening round of 2013 European season delayed
Rain has washed out the opening day of the 2013 European Tour
season at the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship in South
South Africa’s Sunshine Tour, which co-sanctions the event, says
the first round will get underway at 6:30 a.m. local time (0430
GMT) on Friday at Royal Durban Golf Club.
European Tour tournament director Mikael Eriksson told Sky
Sports ”the fairways are very waterlogged and the course hasn’t
improved as much as we hoped it would overnight … further rain
early this morning put us back another few hours.”
Eriksson says organizers tried to shorten some holes to avoid
the water. Organizers were still hoping to play the full 72 holes
in the first edition of the $1.3 million tournament, the first
event on the 2013 Race to Dubai.