PGA European - The Nelson Mandela Championship
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|DATES: Wednesday, December 11th through Saturday, December 14th|
|SITE: Mount Edgecombe Country Club (Course One), Durban, South Africa|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Sid Brews (1936), Hugh Baiocchi (1992)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 339 Yds||10 - Par 4 401 Yds|
|2 - Par 4 361 Yds||11 - Par 3 211 Yds|
|3 - Par 3 168 Yds||12 - Par 5 558 Yds|
|4 - Par 4 292 Yds||13 - Par 4 376 Yds|
|5 - Par 4 320 Yds||14 - Par 5 570 Yds|
|6 - Par 4 419 Yds||15 - Par 3 180 Yds|
|7 - Par 4 443 Yds||16 - Par 4 446 Yds|
|8 - Par 5 552 Yds||17 - Par 4 364 Yds|
|9 - Par 3 208 Yds||18 - Par 4 404 Yds|
|35 3,102 Yds||36 3,510 Yds|
|Annual: || 2nd|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Wednesday -- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (et) - taped|
| || - Thursday -- 6:30-10:30 a.m. (et),|
| || - Friday/Saturday -- 6-9:30 a.m. (et)|
|Defending Champion: || Scott Jamieson|
|Runner-Up: || Steve Webster, Eduardo De La Riva|
|Total Purse: || $1,376,584|
|Share: || 1st Place - $214,645; 2nd Place - $155,736; 3rd Place - $93,712|
|Scott Jamieson *||123||Matthew Nixon||124|
|Steve Webster||123||Morten Orum Madsen||124|
|Eduardo De La Riva||123||Six players at||125|
|Past Nelson Mandela Championship Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2012||*#Scott Jamieson (123) -- Steve Webster, Eduardo De La Riva|
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|Jaco Van Zyl||T-8|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Branden Grace|
|Darkhorse - Stuart Manley|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Louis Oosthuizen) - Finished 4th|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Charl Schwartzel) - Finished 2nd|
The European Tour remains in South Africa this week for the Nelson Mandela
Championship at Mount Edgecombe Country Club. Two of the top 100 players in
the world are in the field - South Africans Branden Grace (49) and
George Coetzee (91).
This week's tournament has been moved up one day and will be played Wednesday
through Saturday due to the death of the event's namesake, Nelson Mandela.
The former South African president passed away last week and his funeral will
take place on Sunday.
Grace competed in his first Presidents Cup this year for the International
team. He went 0-4 in those matches. The 25-year-old Grace had a breakout
season in 2012, which saw him win four times on the European Tour. Grace
graduated from the 2011 European Tour Qualifying School and became the first
European Q-School graduate to win four times the year after graduation. He
did not win in 2013, but finished second at the Aberdeen Asset Management
This tournament is the fifth of eight European Tour events to be held in
South Africa during the 2013-14 season, the most ever staged in the country
in one year since the first European Tour event in South Africa in 1995.
Last year, Scott Jamieson parred both playoff holes to win the weather-
shortened event. Jamieson fired an 8-under 57 in the final round on the
shortened Royal Durban layout to finish at 7-under-par 123. He was joined
there by Steve Webster and Eduardo De La Riva. De La Riva bogeyed the first
extra hole, then Webster bogeyed the second extra hole. Jamieson made par both
times to earn the win.
The 2012 tournament was the first official event to be cut to 36 holes since
the 2002 Open de Portugal. It was the first time in European Tour history that
there was no play on the first two days.
Last year, the first two days were washed out and the event was trimmed to 36
holes. Heavy rain pushed the start of the tournament back until Saturday, and
with an overly saturated course, officials had to adjust several holes. Three
holes at Royal Durban switched from par-4s to par-3s, while the par-5 14th was
also changed to a par-3. With those changes, the par shifted from 70 to 65.
Though Jamieson and Jaco Van Zyl both shot 57, they do not count in the record
books with the shortened course and lift, clean and place rules being played.
The European Tour returns Jan. 9-12 for the Volvo Golf Champions, which
Louis Oosthuizen won the previous year.
12/10 16:52:39 ET
As of December 10, 2013, at 04:52 PM ET