Originally the first round of the inaugural event was to tee off on Thursday morning but due to heavy rainfall the previous night, the course was rendered unplayable. Before a single shot had even been hit the event had to be postponed until conditions improved.
The original backup plan was to play the first round on Friday and then proceed to hold the second and third rounds on Saturday, in order to get back on track and finish the tournament on Sunday.
However play had to be cancelled for the second day running after further overnight rainfall. Following a huge storm and almost 30mm of rainfall, the course is flooded and a team is at work attempting to pump the water off the fairway in time for Saturday morning.
"Every fairway is almost completely under water now" - Mikael Eriksson "Every fairway is almost completely under water now and there is no chance we will be able to play at all on Friday." said European Tour Tournament Director Mikael Eriksson. "The plan now is to try to start the first round at 6.30 on Saturday morning."
The Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban is to be the first event of the 2013 Race to Dubai, while the two subsequent tournaments will also be played in the country. Provided the conditions improve the event will be able to go ahead as planned on Saturday morning, with the option to extend play into Monday if required, although if it is disrupted further than the event may have to be cancelled.
The Durban course is in fact 15 metres below sea level and South Africa has recently been experiencing unusually high amounts of rainfall. Hopefully conditions will remain clear so that the event can finally begin in the morning.