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Durban, South Africa 10 Jan 2002 - 13 Jan 2002
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Mark McNulty was only six years old when the Mercedes-Benz South African Open was last played at East London. Gary Player, 13 times winner of the Championship, took the title 37 years ago and had he been present for the Championship this year he would have seen few changes to a course that by modern-day standards could be described accurately enough as old fashioned.
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2002 European Tour Resumes in South Africa
Following the Festive Season break, The 2002 European Tour International Schedule resumes this week with the third event of the 2002 Volvo Order of Merit, the £500,000 Bell's South African Open, at The Country Club in Durban.
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Greens - Paspallum
Tee & Fairways - Bermuda
Rough - Bermuda & Buffalo mix
Fairway widths vary from hole to hole, not a long course but not too much roll on Bermuda fairways.
Intermediate - 25mm, Rough 50mm (not as penal as the last South African Open played here in 1998).
Greens in very good condition.
Stimpmeter reading on January 7th - 9', cutting height 3mm.
Course has suffered as a result of heavy pre-Christmas rain causing severe flooding (210 mm in 24 hours). A big storm on Monday has caused more flooding but the forecast for the rest of the week is good so no further flooding problems are anticipated.
The course is adjacent to the India
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