Saturday, February 25, 2017

Third-round cut at Joburg Open after 91 players survive Round 2

There will be an additional cut after 54 holes of the Joburg Open after 91 players made it through to the third round.
A series of weather delays at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club forced many players to finish their second rounds on Saturday morning, with the cut mark falling at four under par.
An additional cut after the third round will see the top 72 players and ties contest the final round.
European Tour Tournament Director David Williams explained the situation.
“The European Tour brought out a regulation last year, which was passed by the committee that enabled us to cut after 54 holes to 72 players and ties if we had too many players to control, to hit TV times and to enable us to finish the tournament," he said.

“That’s what has happened here and it’s great that the Sunshine Tour have come on board with this. If we had not done this we would’ve played three balls tomorrow and probably ended up finishing around 7pm if we were lucky, but it’s been getting dark here at 18:40 local time, so that would’ve meant a Monday finish, so this was the perfect example of when to enforce that new regulation.”

Any players who make the 36 hole cut but do not progress to the fourth round will be paid on their third-round position.



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