Tim Clark and Morten Orum Madsen lead Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban
Last Updated: December 9, 2012 7:00am
Tim Clark and Morten Orum Madsen share the lead after day one of the rain-hit Nelson Mandela Championship.
The first official event of the new European Tour season had been held up for two days after torrential rain saturated the Royal Durban course so it was with some relief when Norway's Espen Kofstad was finally able to hit the first shot of The 2013 Race to Dubai at 06.30am local time.
Four of the holes were reduced to par threes because of saturated fairways and that brought the overall par down to 65, explaining the rather startling low scores in round one of the event which has now been cut to 36 holes.
First round leaderboard
(Rsa unless stated)
-5 T Clark
-5 M O Madsen (Den)
-4 L Ndwandwe
-4 C Lloyd (Eng)
Click here for collated scores
South African Clark coped best with the soggy conditions early on and reached four under par after 11 holes, his unusual scorecard showing three successive birdie twos on the back nine.
That was because the 13th and 14th were among the holes affected.
Despite a bogey at six, his 15th, Clark birdied his final two holes to post the clubhouse lead with a five-under 60.
Madsen, who started in the afternoon wave, looked set to overhaul that after playing his opening nine in four-under which due to the altered scorecard (the back nine yardage was reduced to just 2571 yards) meant the Dane took just 27 strokes to halfway.
He wobbled on the front nine though with bogeys at the first and fourth before making birdies at thee of his last five holes to match Clark's five-under 60.
Home player Lindani Ndwandwe shares third place with England's Chris Lloyd on four-under but there was disappointment for two of the big-name South Africans, Branden Grace and George Coetzee, who could only shoot one-over.
There will be no re-draw in Sunday's final round, meaning the winning score could be posted four or five hours before the last group finish.