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Brooks leads weather-hit Mandela Championship

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Daniel Brooks holds a one-shot clubhouse lead at the Nelson Mandela Championship following an eight-under 62 during a weather-delayed opening round.

Hot on his heels are French trio Francois Calmels, Edouard Dubois and Romain Wattel.

Calmels is outright second, one shot back from Brooks, while Dubois and Wattel are tied for third on seven under.

Englishmen Brooks made eight birdies, leapfrogging Calmels who had led for most of the day in Durban.

"It's been a long day," said Brooks. "I was completely focused on getting to the 18th tee box when we got called in. That probably helped, in a way, because I just kept playing and the result was good.

"I pretty much holed everything I looked at, which was quite nice. I haven't putted that great over the last couple of weeks, so to hole a few was pretty nice."

Joel Sjoholm and Ryan Cairns share sixth place after shooting 65s.

More than half of the field, including defending champion Scott Jamieson are still yet to start their opening rounds following a seven-hour delay at Mount Edgecombe due to heavy rain.

First round leaderboard - suspended:

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