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Updated on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 21:28 by Brian Keogh
Spain’s Jorge Campillo and South Africa’s Colin Nel both shot rounds of 59 at the Nelson Mandela Championship but neither will count as preferred lies were in operation on a soggy Mount Edgecombe course reduced to a par-70 because of torrential rain.
Kevin Phelan struggled to a four over par 74 but it was still a good day for the Irish before play was abandoned in the weather-plagued Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa.
Simon Thornton finished tied 59th behind Denmark’s Morten Ørum Madsen in the South African Open and headed for Leopard Creek where he will be joined by Q-School graduate Kevin Phelan in next week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Simon Thornton slipped to the back of the field as pre-tournament favourite Charl Schwartzel took a one-shot lead into the final round of the South African Open Championship hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni.
Two bogeys in his last three holes might have cost Simon Thornton €53,800 but the Newcastle professional’s was still pleased to add another notch to his belt in terms of experience as he finished tied for eighth behind a fast-finishing David Lynn in the Portugal Masters at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.
Simon Thornton’s more professional attitude to the game has paid off over the past six minths and a second win of the season in the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura on Sunday would catapult him into the big time and earn him a place in the HSBC Champions.