Nelson Mandela Championship 2013: Daily Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights, More

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2013

Nelson Mandela Championship 2013: Daily Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights, More

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    The 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship is being played with heavy hearts, with the tournament's namesake passing away at the age of 95 on Dec. 5.

    Organizers made the wise call to move the start of this event back to Wednesday in order to respect the former president’s state funeral on Sunday, according to the Sunday Tribune.

    Unfortunately, rain has been a major issue during the initial days of this event, and many competitors have yet to complete the first round heading into Friday.

    Hopefully the weather will clear up in time for the tournament to be completed and avoid clashing with Mandela’s impending service.

    It’s the second straight year that the heavens have opened and hindered this European Tour stop. The inaugural showdown at the Royal Durban Golf Club was marred by waterlogged fairways and soggy greens, with Scotland’s Scott Jamieson eventually prevailing.

    The action has moved to Mount Edgecombe this year, but it seems the story is the same.

    Can Jamieson pull off another victory in similar conditions, or will another champion arise to claim the second annual Nelson Mandela Championship?

    Keep reading to find out the latest scores, highlights, round recaps and more.   

Leaderboard

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    Final Leaderboard

    (via ESPN)

    Position

    Player

    Score

    Today

    R1

    R2

    R3

    Total

    1

    Dawie van der Walt

    -15

    -4

    67

    62

    66

    195

    T2

    Jorge Campillo

    -13

    -2

    70

    59

    68

    197

    T2

    Matthew Baldwin

    -13

    -2

    67

    62

    68

    197

    4

    Romain Wattel

    -12

    -3

    64

    67

    67

    198

    5

    Oliver Bekker

    -11

    -1

    64

    66

    69

    199

    T6

    John Hahn

    -10

    -5

    69

    66

    65

    200

    T6

    Jaco Ahlers

    -10

    -4

    66

    68

    66

    200

    T6

    Adrien Saddier

    -10

    -3

    66

    67

    67

    200

    T6

    Branden Grace

    -10

    E

    64

    66

    70

    200

    10

    Merrick Bremner

    -9

    -3

    68

    66

    67

    201

    T11

    Joel Sjoholm

    -8

    -3

    65

    70

    67

    202

    T11

    Jbe' Kruger

    -8

    -2

    67

    67

    68

    202

    T11

    Titch Moore

    -8

    -1

    69

    64

    69

    202

    T11

    Fredrik Andersson Hed

    -8

    -1

    68

    65

    69

    202

    T11

    Jacques Blaauw

    -8

    E

    68

    64

    70

    202

    T11

    David Higgins

    -8

    E

    68

    64

    70

    202

    T11

    Daniel Brooks

    -8

    +6

    62

    64

    76

    202

Day 1 and 2 Recap

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    Pushing back the start of the Nelson Mandela Championship was the right call after the passing of the esteemed leader. Unfortunately, it has resulted in a myriad of delays over the first two days.

    Wednesday’s original start time was pushed back over seven hours due to rain and was eventually called early due to darkness.

    Play continued on Thursday, but the sheer volume of water on the course finally forced organizers to once again suspend the round.

    Oliver Bekker tried to explain his strategy for dealing with the delays to The Sports Network (via the Miami Herald):

    You just keep your head down and grind. There's nothing you can do about it. I'm actually happy with the delay, to be honest. The weather is brutal out there at the moment and I've got a couple of tough holes coming up, so hopefully it clears up and those holes become a little easier when I go back out.

    Daniel Brooks is currently in the lead with a score of eight-under par. He’s finished all 18 holes of the first round and should be eagerly awaiting the rest of the field to finish so he can tee off to start the second.

    His closest competitor is Francois Calmels, who has taken a seven-under par into the clubhouse.

    Bekker is sitting at six-under, but still has three holes left to play on Friday morning. He’s tied with Edouard Dubois and Romain Wattel, both of whom were fortunate enough to finish the round.

    If all goes to plan, the Nelson Mandela Championship will continue at 11 p.m. ET on Friday. Round 2 is set to begin at 11:40 p.m. ET and hopefully can be played without interruption.   

Day 3 Recap

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    The 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship has been a mixture of excitement and frustration. Two golfers shot a 59 on Friday, while others were just happy to reach the clubhouse with a complete scorecard.

    Rainy conditions are the cause for this, as participants were finally able to finish out the first round—which started Wednesday—on Friday morning.

    Because of these massive delays, the tournament directors decided it would be best to make this a 54-hole outing and hold the championship on Saturday. The event was pushed back a day originally to not interfere with its namesake’s funeral services and that will not be changed.

    Jorge Campillo currently tied for the lead with Matthew Baldwin at 11-under, after he—along with Colin Nel—shot a 59 in the second round.

    Unfortunately, these feats will not be not be recognized by the European Tour—which sanctions the Nelson Mandela Championship—due to the “preferred lie” rule currently in effect. A number of golfers were putting up great scores, but much of the credit is due to the rain-soaked course.

    Regardless, Campillo and Nel’s accomplishments are still rare and extremely impressive. The Spanish leader finished Round 2 with seven birdies and two eagles to roar to the front of the pack.

    Oddschecker noted that Campillo started Friday as a 250/1 underdog in the event and surged to a 7/2 favorite after his scintillating performance.

    Oliver Bekker and Branden Grace—two South African stars—are just off the lead in this event with a 10-under. They each shot a four-under in Round 2 to be in position to make a run during Saturday’s championship round.

    Francois Calmels and Daniel Brooks are tied for fifth at eight-under and have to hope that the four ahead trip up during the final 18 holes in order to have a chance at the title.

    Joel Sjoholm is in sole possession of seventh place at seven-under, while there is a five-way tie for eighth place at six-under.

    If Friday’s play was any indication, expect Saturday to be an absolutely insane day of golf to close out a wild 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship.

Day 4 Recap

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    Dawie van der Walt earned an emotional victory at the 2013 Nelson Mandela Classic.

    The South Africa native made a strong push in the final round on Saturday, finishing four-under par on the day to win the event by two strokes with a total score of 15-under.

    The champion acknowledged that this win meant a lot for him, especially coming just days after the tournament’s namesake sadly passed away. He told Reuters (via SBS.com.au)

    It's obviously really special, making you a part of history. Winning The Nelson Mandela at this time, when it's sad for everyone, everyone is mourning and tomorrow's the big day, it means a lot and it's something I can keep close to my heart forever.

    Van der Walt is referring to Mandela’s funeral on Sunday, which is why the tournament ended on Saturday after just 54 holes of play. It was originally scheduled to be a full, 72-hole event, but poor weather delayed some golfers from finishing the first round—which started on Wednesday—until Friday.

    Jorge Campillo, who shot an incredible 59 in the second round on Friday, finished in second with a 13-under. The Spaniard tied with Englishman Matt Baldwin, who was in contention over the past few days but was never able to pull away.

    Romain Wattel nabbed sole possession of fourth place, going 12-under after a three-under performance on Saturday.

    Oliver Bekker finished fifth with an 11-under, while four participants—John Hahn, Jaco Ahlers, Adrien Saddler and Branden Grace—tied for sixth at 10-under. Merrick Bremner rounds out the top 10 with a nine-under.

    Daniel Brooks led heading into the third and final round, but suffered from some abysmal play—shooting six-over par on Saturday—and finished tied for 11th at eight-under.