Rain-hit SA Open reduced to 17-hole tournament
Heavy rain has forced organizers at the South African Open to
take a hole out of play for the marathon final day of the European
A downpour early Sunday left the green on the par-3 fourth
waterlogged and only 17 holes will be used in the final two rounds
at Durban Country Club, reducing the course to a par-69.
Four-time winner Ernie Els took a two-shot lead over Retief
Goosen going into the final day.
Rain had already delayed the 100th edition of the event.
The European Tour and South Africa’s co-sanctioning Sunshine
Tour said the decision 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