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Nelson Mandela Championship reduced due to rain

The Canadian Press

12/13/2013 9:00:25 AM

DURBAN, South Africa -- Organizers say the Nelson Mandela Championship has been reduced to 54 holes after rain affected the first three days.

Some players were still finishing their first rounds early Friday, when rain again intervened at Mount Edgecombe Country Club on South Africa's east coast and led to a three-hour delay because of a waterlogged course.

The European Tour event had already been brought forward by a day and won't be able to run over into Sunday out of respect for the funeral of former South African President Mandela.

Daniel Brooks of England leads after a first-round 62, which he carded on Wednesday. A handful of players still hadn't completed their opening rounds by Friday morning's rain delay.

Tournament organizers said there will be a cut after the second round.