The Silent Enemy
Brendon de Jonge played the shot of the day at a storm-curtailed Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City on Thursday, but will have to wait until Friday for it to be acknowledged by the scorers. The burly Zimbabwean hit a wedge from just over 100 meters out to record an eagle on the ninth at the Gary Player Country Club, lofting it perfectly past the pin and watching as sharp back spin carried it back into the cup. It took him to three under after nine holes and just two off the leader Luke Donald but De Jonge's official overnight score was still pegged at one under after eight holes because his playing partners have yet to finish the ninth. De Jonge will only be credited with his eagle once the hole is completed when the field returns at 7.30am on Friday morning to finish the first round.
Luke Donald's rapid start at the Nedbank Golf Challenge was halted by lightning on Thursday, leaving the former top-ranked Englishman ahead by two shots on 5 under through 11 holes of an incomplete opening round. No one was able to play more than 12 holes on the first day at Sun City because of lightning and a thunderstorm. Donald began the 30-man invitational with a birdie and an eagle and was 5 under when the day's second interruption for lightning forced players off for good. He was two ahead of Jamie Donaldson and Thomas Bjorn.