First day of Tour washed out by rain

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eUROPEAN TOUR: Not a single shot was possible on the opening day of the Nelson Mandela Championship – the first event of the new European Tour season – in South Africa yesterday. Play was postponed until Friday because of a flooded Royal Durban course following further rain.

Play was due to start at 6.30 this morning with the second round now scheduled for tomorrow. “We are still hoping to get 72 holes in,” said tournament director Mikael Eriksson.

Meanwhile, Miguel Angel Jimenez’s feat of becoming the European Tour’s oldest-ever winner has led to him being named Golfer of the Month for November. The 48-year-old captured his third Hong Kong Open title on his 597th Tour appearance. He took the award ahead of world No 1 Rory McIlroy despite his DP World Tour Championship victory.