59 order of the day at Nelson Mandela
BY Bruce Young | 14 Dec 2013
Until today not one round of 59 had been recorded on the European Tour. Today there were two during a disrupted second round of the Nelson Mandela Championship at the Mt Edgecombe Golf Club in Durban.
Neither round will be considered official because they were played under preferred lie conditions but for Spain’s Jorge Campillo and South African Colin Nel their respective rounds will be remembered at least by them.
27 year old Campillo, from Caceres in Spain, has been playing well for much of 2013, not having missed a cut in his last 17 European Tour starts but seven birdies and two eagles is something else again.
It was not enough to give Campillo the lead, however, that honour currently being held by Englishman Daniel Brooks although Brooks had played only four holes of his second round when darkness brought a halt to the rain effected schedule.
Nel improved a massive eighteen shots from his opening round of 77 to record his sub 60 round. Not since the New Zealand Open in 2005 has a player in a European Tour player event made such a dramatic improvement between two rounds, the other also being an eighteen hole swing when Steve Webster shot 62 in the final round of the New Zealand Open after a third round of 80.
With continuing bad weather predicted over the weekend, the event has been reduced to 54 holes, the third and final round getting underway at the completion of round two on Saturday morning.
Brooks leads by one over Campillo and fellow Englishman Matthew Baldwin with the leading world ranked player in the field, Branden Grace moving into contention with a second round of 66.
Daniel Gaunt is the only Australian in the field and with two hols to go he is two shots inside the cut line