The history of the DP World Tour, the golf circuit that replaced (in the name) the European Tour, has begun in the worst way. The new Covid variant has been identified in South Africa, where the Joburg Open is currently being played ( which will proceed regularly and will end on Sunday).
And in Johannesburg it was not the plays on the pitch that made the news but the 19 players left the tournament, of which 17 for reasons related to Covid and in particular to return home. In fact, there was a general flight by British, Welsh, Scottish and Irish golfers, resulting from the decision of the United Kingdom (similar to that taken by Italy) to close flights and borders to six countries: South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini , Zimbabwe and Botswana.
That was enough for some of the protagonists, including David Howell (Ryder Cup player), to choose to go home immediately. Then, the decisions of the DP World Tour also arrived. Which chose not to interrupt the Joburg Open, however, slipping off the next two appointments in South Africa.
In fact, the South African Open Championship will be held in Sun City from 2 to 5 December, an event that will be valid only for the Sunshine Tour (local circuit). While the Alfred Dunhill Championship, which was due to be played from 9 to 12 December, was canceled.
Joburg Open, situation
There is much concern from the players and organizers of the DP World Tour. With the Joburg Open continuing, yes, but in fits and starts. A new, double suspension came in the second round where bad weather still allowed little respite.
The game stopped for a long time, therefore the return to the green before a new stop, this time for the arrival of darkness. The Azzurri Lorenzo Scalise lost ground - from 4 / o to 12 / o with 139 (67 72, -3) after a round closed in 72 (+1) - and Renato Paratore, from 11 / o to 28 / o with 141 (68 73, -1).
The Florentine Lorenzo Gagli still has to complete the second round, currently 100 / o on the "+5" and with still five holes to complete. Matteo Manassero, on the other hand, is already certain of the elimination, 117 / o with 150 (+8).
Leading the leaderboard, with a score of 130 (-12), was the South African Thriston Lawrence, already in the lead (at the end of the first 18 holes) with the Spanish Angel Hidalgo Portillo, now 4 / o with 136 (-6). In an event that so far has seen the fear of many players of not being able to return home "overcome"