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Rain reduces SA Open final day to 17 holes

Associated Press
Dec 19, 2010 at 04:35pm IST

Durban: Heavy rain has forced organizers to take a hole out of play for the marathon final day of the European Tour's South African Open.

The downpour early Sunday left the green on the par-3 fourth waterlogged and players will play only 17 holes in their final two rounds at Durban Country Club — where the course has been reduced to a par-69.

Rain had already delayed the 100th version of the event.

Rain reduces SA Open final day to 17 holes

Rain had already delayed the 100th version of the event.

The European Tour and South Africa's co-sanctioning Sunshine Tour said the unusual decision to eliminate a hole 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 holes.

Four-time winner Ernie Els has a two-shot lead over Retief Goosen going into the final day.

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