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Webster takes clubhouse lead

England's Steve Webster faced a long wait to discover just how valuable his second-round 60 was at the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban.

The opening event of the European Tour season was cut to 36 holes after no play was possible on Thursday and Friday, and was taking place on a course with a reduced par of 65 because of saturated fairways.

Webster's score took him to seven under par and he held the early clubhouse lead, but Spaniard Eduardo de la Riva was one in front of him with four holes to play and South African Tim Clark, joint leader after his five-under first-round 60, had not even teed off again yet.

De La Riva bogeyed the last to slip back alongside Webster and it became a three-way tie when Scotland's Scott Jamieson, having played the back nine first in a five-under 26, added further birdies on the second, seventh and ninth.

That gave him a remarkable 57 - not a Tour record, however, because of the

course set-up.

South Africa's Jaco Van Zyl also shot 57, but that was only for five under and

it was the later starters who had the chance to take over at the top.

Clark resumed with eight pars in a row, but a birdie on the 305-yard ninth brought him only one behind Webster, Jamieson and de la Riva.

Compatriot Colin Nel, meanwhile, was only two back with six to go.

Webster, Jamieson and De la Riva prepared themselves for a probable play-off after Clark, level with two to play, bunkered his approach to the 17th, went

over the green and three-putted from there for a double bogey six.