South African Open reduced to 70-holes after more rain

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2010, 14:37 PM IST

Durban: Organisers of the 100th South African Open were forced to reduce the tournament to 70 holes on Sunday after heavy rain at the Durban Country Club left the fourth green unplayable.

Rain has caused havoc throughout the co-sanctioned European and Sunshine Tour tournament as only two-and-a-half hours play were possible on Thursday.

That meant that only two rounds were completed over the first three days with organisers hoping to complete the last two rounds on Sunday.

However, heavy rain resulted in the green on the par-three fourth hole becoming waterlogged and officials deemed it unplayable.

South Africa`s Ernie Els leads the tournament on 13-under-par with compatriot Retief Goosen one shot behind through one hole of their third rounds.

Bureau Report