Joburg Open suspended due to rains
Joburg Open is set for a Monday finish due to heavy thunderstorms at Randpark Golf Club. Shubhankar Sharma from India continued to lead at 22-under by four strokes over Erik Van Rooyen.
Sharma posted 2 birdies on his seven holes which he was able to play today, taking his total to 22-under, following him is Erik who finished 8 holes today posting quick 4 birdies on them to reduce the gap by a shot.
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“I’m going to treat it like another day,” said Sharma. “I’m going to do the same things which I’ve been doing the last four days.
“It is not frustrating but you get into a groove when you start and you don’t want to come off. I saw the clouds coming on the seventh hole and I was praying we could finish but we can’t help it. I’m playing well so I want to continue doing that.
“I had to cancel my flight tickets today but that was an easy thing to do considering the position I’m in.”
The play was suspended at 1:00 PM local time with the threat of lightning in the area quickly turned to heavy rain and hail storms and while every effort was made to get play completed on time, 42 players will return to the Firethorn Course to complete their rounds at 0730 on Monday morning.
The first-round leader Tapio Pulkkanen and James Morrison finished the day for a share of the third place on the board at 14-under, where Tapio posted 1-under for the day with 2 birdies and a bogey in his 8 holes, and James Morrison kept his round alive with all 7 pars.
Shaun Norris, Marcus Armitage, and Christopher Blomstrand shared the fifth place on the board at 13-under. Blomstrand finished for a second place on Saturday, a jump of 34 places with his heavy round of 8-under 62 consisting 2 stunning eagles, 7 birdies, and 2 bogeys.
The 2017 Joburg Open is the ninth Asian Tour event to record a Monday finish after 2016 BRI-JCB Indonesian Open, and the first Joburg Open to see a Monday finish.
Sharma is bogey-free from 44 holes, dropping only 3 bogeys in his opening round, and is looking forward to his first win on the Asian Tour.