The second edition of the Nelson Mandela Championship will have a special significance with the former South African president's passing on Thursday. Mandela was 95 years old.
Mandela's story of imprisonment, courage, persistence, peaceful revolution and compassionate leadership will be at the forefront of the tournament played next week in a new location in Durban at Mount Edgecombe Country Club. On Friday, the European Tour and Sunshine Tour jointly announced the tournament has been moved up a day, being played Wednesday-Saturday, as Mandela's state funeral will be Sunday, Dec. 15.
The tournament, presented by sporting accessibility advocate ISPS Handa, benefits the building of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.
“We look forward to working again with the Sunshine Tour and Dr Handa, and we are grateful for the funds which will be ploughed into our most significant project, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust," said Sibongile Mkhabela, chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, in October.
Notable South African players entered in the tournament include George Coetzee, Thomas Aiken, James Kingston, Garth Mulroy and Jaco Van Zyl
The inaugural edition of the tournament was shortened to 36 holes because of rain, with Scott Jamieson emerging as champion.