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Play suspended at Africa Open

The opening morning's play at the Africa Open was suspended on Thursday as strong winds wreaked havoc at the East London Golf Club.

Balls were moving in the high winds on several greens - in particular the exposed third - promoting chief referee John Paramor to call the players in.

Jaco van Zyl and John Parry were at the top of the leaderboard when play was suspended.

South African Van Zyl conquered the tricky conditions to register three birdies, a bogey and an eagle at the long 15th to reach four under through 14 holes.

England's Parry had five birdies and a bogey through 11 holes to sit level with Van Zyl.

"It's getting really difficult out there, to the point where the wind is literally blowing you off your feet," Van Zyl said on the European Tour website.

"I think it's a pretty good call, because it's not getting easier."

South Africa's Oliver Bekker was one stroke behind the joint leaders through 16 holes.