The weather was the winner at Mount Edgecombe Country Club as heavy rain in Durban had left the course saturated and led to play starting seven hours later than scheduled.
The current leader is England’s Daniel Brooks, who fired a magnificent -8 under par 62 to top the leaderboard at Mount Edgecombe Country Club, in Durban, South Africa.
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Daniel was really excited about the way he played;
“I’m over the moon, I played really nicely, putted really well and I managed to finish. It was quite tough, but we were lucky that we could place in the fairways, which gave us a bit of relief. It was quite difficult to get going. You’re siting about or waiting about all day then you don’t really get up for it. Once you get out there and play you quite enjoy it. I pretty much holed everything I looked at, which was quite nice. I haven’t putted that great over the last couple of weeks, so to hole a few was pretty nice. Hopefully I can finish it off and have a few more good rounds and see what happens at the end of it.”
Francois Calmels was in second place at -7 under par, with Romain Wattel and Edouard Dubois tied for third position, a shot further back at -6 under par for the tournament.
Challenge Tour graduate Francois, who won an event in Mauritius last week, and said it has been a great week so far;
“It was a great week for me, I made a great last round 65 to win by one over Hennie Otto, and that give me quite a bit of self-confidence. I know I’m playing well, and the great round today was just perfect.”
There were still more than half the field who were unable to complete their opening rounds, play is set to resume at 06:00 local time on Thursday in a bid to make up for lost time.