Monday, December 11, 2017

Joburg Open forced to finish on Monday
after thunderstorms suspend play
Johannesburg, South Africa, December 10: Shubhankar Sharma of India will continue his title hunt at the Joburg Open on Monday after thunderstorms forced officials to call off play in Sunday's fourth and final round.
The 21-year-old Sharma was 22-under through seven holes before a thunderstorm at 1pm forced officials to suspend play at the Randpark Golf Club.
An official announcement was made to stop play for the day at 5.30 pm with players returning on Monday at 7.30 am to finish the final round.
Sharma, searching for a first Asian Tour victory, holds a four-shot advantage but a fast-charging Erik Van Rooyen has a close-range birdie putt on the ninth hole to narrow the gap.
The young Indian, who held an overnight five-shot lead, birdied holes two and six but local favourite Van Rooyen is hot on his heels after making four birdies in eight holes.
Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England were on 14-under through eighth and seven holes respectively at the R16.5 million (approximately US$1.2 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour.



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