Golf: Drenching rain makes Scottish courses unplayable


The final round of the Dunhill Links golf tournament held on St. Andrews, Kingsbarn and Carnoustie in Scotland will now only be played on Monday after all three courses were unplayable on Saturday when it rained all day.

The third round was moved to Sunday after which the top 60 professional players and 20 best teams, which include amateurs, in Monday’s final round at St. Andrews is competing for prize money of almost R96 million.

The Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick leads after the second round on -13 and is followed on -12 by the Scot Grant Forrest and Nacho Elvira from Spain.

* In the American PGA Series’ Sanderson Farms tournament played at the Jackson Country Club in Tennessee, the two South Africans Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Erik van Rooyen are joint tenth on 203 shots (-13) but seven shots behind the leader , Ben Griffen from America.

Griffen, who shot 63 in the second round, followed that up with a 66 and is at 196, 20 under par.

Griffen is followed in second place by Carl Yuan of China, American Luke List and Henrik Norlander of Sweden, who all finished at 199 shots (-17) in the clubhouse.

Of the other South Africans, Garrick Higgo and Dylan Frittelli are joint 62nd on 211.

* In the Aramco women’s team tournament to be decided in Hong Kong, South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace and Nicole Garcia performed solidly in the second round.

They both finished at 143 (-3) and are joint 11th.

China’s Xiyu Lin and South Korea’s Jin-Young Ko are joint leaders at 135 (-11) and are followed by the Netherlands’ Anne van Dam (136, -10) with Australia’s Stephanie Kyriacou and Spain’s Nuria Itirioz fourth together is at 137 (-9).

* In the local Sunshine Series’ Fortress invitational tournament played on the Glendower course in Edenvale, Robin Williams leads by four shots after the third round on 201 shots (-15).

Williams, 22, is playing in only his 22nd tournament. He scored six birdies in his third round and conceded only two strokes for par.

Williams is four strokes ahead of Michael Hollick (205, -11) with Danie van Niekerk on 206 (-10), followed by Nikhil Rama and Estiaan Conradie on 207 (-9) and Heinrich Bruiners on 208 (-8).