Golf-Rain curtails play at Leopard Creek as tournament moves into Monday

  • Golf
  • Sunday, 10 Dec 2023

Sep 23, 2023; Sugar Grove, Illinois, USA; Louis Oosthuizen tees off from the third tee during the second round of the LIV Golf Chicago golf tournament at Rich Harvest Farms. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

MALELANE, South Africa (Reuters) - Co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel will resume their tussle at the top of the leaderboard at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Monday after the final round was curtailed by heavy rain over the Leopard Creek Country Club on Sunday.

The two home golfers, both past major winners, picked up a shot each as play in the DP World Tour event began early on Sunday in anticipation of the heavy tropical storm.

However, it was then interrupted for several hours before the field went out again for an hour, only to be sent scurrying back to the clubhouse as the heavens opened once more and the threat of lightning made play dangerous.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open winner, took the lead on the sixth hole with a birdie putt but then made a rare mistake and hit into the water on the seventh for a bogey and was 16-under-par when play was suspended.

The 2011 Masters winner Schwartzel, who has won three times previously at Leopard Creek, birdied the third hole.

Christo Bezuidenhout, who won the tournament three years ago, started the day five behind the co-leaders but cut their lead to three stokes as he sunk three birdies in his opening seven holes.

England's Andy Sullivan, who was also 10-under-par at the start of Sunday's action, hit two birdies but then a bogey at the eighth before play was suspended.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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