[1007693:right]Heavy rain has forced the Alfred Dunhill Championship – the first event of the European Tour’s 2000 International Schedule – to be reduced to 54 holes at Houghton GC, Johannesburg.
The decision was taken by the European and Southern African Tours, in conjunction with Alfred Dunhill, after a third successive day of rain delays, which resulted in the halfway cut only being made on Saturday lunchtime.
Further persistent rain – a total of 192mms of rain have fallen during the week – left a number of greens flooded and after two suspensions, play was finally called off at 3.30pm with the third round barely under way.
At the time, Namibian Trevor Dodds led the tournament on 134, ten under par, after his 65 on Friday. He stood two shots ahead of Scotland’s Gary Orr, who completed a second round 67 for 136, and England’s Anthony Wall, who also carded scores of 69 and 67.
Joint Tournament Director, Miguel Vidaor, explained the scenario which will see the 81 players attempt to finish the first tournament of the millennium on Sunday – weather permitting.
He said: “The forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning is the same but we can see a little bit of light tomorrow afternoon. We felt it was appropriate to make this tournament a 54 hole tournament with a full round tomorrow.”
Alfred Dunhill gave their full backing to the decision and the full prize money will be paid on the 54 hole tournament. Only in the event of the tournament being decided over 36 holes would there be a possibility of 75 per cent of the prize money being paid out.
Vidaor and Jt Tournament Director, Theo Manyama, agreed that play could spill over to Monday, but that every effort will be made to obtain a result on Sunday.