Rain hits, but still all to play for in Joburg Open
It may have been reduced to 54 holes because of the weather, but there is still everything to play for in this year’s Joburg Open.
More rain on Saturday meant the suspension of the third round, with just over half the field yet to tee off including joint leaders Darren Fichardt of South Africa and Paul Waring of England on 11 under par.
“This course just can’t take it anymore,” said Tournament Director Theo Manyama as he made the announcement.
Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club has taken on about 200mm of rain since the start of this week, and an additional 35mm fell during the first hour of Saturday’s storm.
“So the decision is we’ll continue the third round on Sunday, and which is now the final round. Our weather forecast indicates that if there will be a problem on Sunday it will be late afternoon, so we’re hoping to be done by then.”
Fichardt is ready for whatever comes, having experienced enough weather delays over the past few weeks.
“This is my seventh week on the road and the last seven tournaments have had delays. It’s been quite a few early wake-ups and that can take its toll on you. But you’ve just got to relax and be patient,” he said.
Joburg Open is an important
tournament in the golf
calendar for both local and
It is co-sanctioned by the
Sunshine Tour and PGA
European Tour as an official
Order of Merit event.
The prize money is 1.3
million euros and this will be
shared amongst all the
players who will make the cut.
Thursday & Friday
Morning field: 10:30-12:30
Afternoon field:14:00– 16:00
Saturday & Sunday
12:00 – 16:30