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Rain stops play in Argentina

10 Nov 2012

Torrential rain rendered the Lagartos Country Club unplayable and the second round of the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup was suspended until Saturday morning

South Africans Drikus Bruyns and CJ du Plessis will have to wait until the rain abets to continue their bid for the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup title in Argentina after torrential downpours forced the organisers to postpone the second round until Saturday.

Bruyns was tied for fourth and two shots off the pace after an opening two-under-par 69 at the Los Lagartos Country Club outside Buenos Aires, while Du Plessis carded a three over 75 to tie for 43rd.

With more than 40 millimetres of rain recorded, various bunkers flooded and several fairways were waterlogged, which left the course unplayable. The downpour continues, forcing competitors to wait out the conditions in the clubhouse.

But organisers are hopeful.

“We had 40 mm of rain, which flood several parts of the course, especially bunkers and some fairways,” said Daniel Vizzolini, Tournament Director and Head of Rules and Championships for the Argentina Golf Association.

“We knew this was in the forecast but fortunately, the weather is set to improve and we will complete 72 holes on Sunday.”

The South African pair are also chasing South Africa’s third victory in the International Team Competition, which runs concurrently with the Individual Tournament.

After the first round, Bruyns and Du Plessis were tied for fifth with Peru on 144 and five shots off the pace from leaders Ireland. 

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