Rain-hit SA Open reduced to 17-hole tournament
Heavy rain has forced organizers to take a hole out of play for
the marathon final day of the European Tour’s South African
The downpour early Sunday left the green on the par-3 fourth
waterlogged and players will play only 17 holes in their final two
rounds at Durban Country Club – where the course has been reduced
to a par-69.
Rain had already delayed the 100th version of the event.
The European Tour and South Africa’s co-sanctioning Sunshine
Tour said the unusual decision to eliminate a hole was not
unprecedented, pointing to two occasions at the Dutch Open in the
late 1960s when anti-apartheid protesters had dug up a green and
the event was played over 17 holes.
Four-time winner Ernie Els has a two-shot lead over Retief
Goosen going into the final day.