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Thursday 23 November 2017

Jorge Campillo and Colin Nel shoot 59s at Nelson Mandela Championship

Jorge Campillo of Spain and Colin Nel of South Africa both hold their golf ball with the number 59 after they both simultaneously shot 59 during the weather delayed second round of the Nelson Mandela Championship at Mount Edgecombe Country Club in Durban, South Africa.
Jorge Campillo of Spain and Colin Nel of South Africa both hold their golf ball with the number 59 after they both simultaneously shot 59 during the weather delayed second round of the Nelson Mandela Championship at Mount Edgecombe Country Club in Durban, South Africa.

Jorge Campillo and Colin Nel both shot rounds of 59 at the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban on Friday.

The pair's second-round totals were the first recorded 59s in European Tour history, but both scores were achieved after using preferred lies following heavy downpours which left the course waterlogged.

Tournament organisers chose to reduce the event to 54 holes on Friday due to the weather conditions, with Campillo taking advantage of the preferred lies to card a sub-60 score and move joint top of the overall leaderboard with England's Matthew Baldwin early on day two.

Nel, who carded 77 in his opening round, was tied for 13th place after completing his round.

The European Tour confirmed, however, that the two 59s would not count as official records because they were achieved using preferred lies and from a reduced par.

There was a delay on day three of a four-day tournament that was brought forward by a day to its Wednesday start to avoid a clash of its final round and Sunday's funeral of former South African president Mandela.

The handful of players who had not completed their first rounds were due out from 6am local time, but they did not make it to the tee until 9am at the Mount Edgecombe Country Club.

Campillo fired eagles on the fourth and 12th holes along with seven birdies in his flawless round while Nel also eagled the 12th in a round which also saw him card nine birdies.

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