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SUN CITY---The birdie celebrations were
muted and the crowd a little quiet all
through yesterday. The skies over Sun City
in South Africa were fittingly gray, too.
Gary Player cried on the tee before an
early-morning round and Ernie Els remem-
bered the photo he has of himself and Nelson
Mandela on his desk back at home in Flori-
"It is a very sad day," Els said. "A very
sad day for South Africa and the world."
A somber mood hung over the Nedbank
Golf Challenge, South Africa s first major
sporting event since former president and
anti-apartheid leader Mandela died late
Thursday aged 95.
Jamie Donaldson, wearing a black ribbon
like all the players, emerged from the emo-
tional day to go to 11 under and hold a three-
shot lead over Ryan Moore and Henrik Sten-
The 30-man field spent around nine hours
out on the course to make up for lost time
when the first round was halted for lightning
a day earlier. Donaldson had seven birdies
and a bogey in a second-round 66 to go
with his opening 67, with the Welshman
saying he played "aggressive but not daft."
Moore had a round-leading 65 having
finished up a 71 in the first round in the
morning for a share of second at 8 under
with Stenson. The Swede moved back into
contention with a 67 at the end of the second
Thomas Bjorn and defending champion
Martin Kaymer were tied for fourth another
shot back on 7 under. Sergio Garcia had led
after the first round before slipping down
to a share of ninth with a 73.
Perhaps struggling with the emotions, Els and the
rest of the South Africans failed to shine, with Charl
Schwartzel the leading home player on 6 under, five
off the lead. Els has gone 75, 71 in the first two rounds.
In the early morning, the players had stood with
their caddies, some with caps removed, for a moment s
silence for Mandela before the first round restarted.
Flags drooped at half-mast around the Gary Player
Country Club. A hooter sounded to start the brief
moment of reflection on the life of the beloved anti-
One of South Africa s first sporting heroes under
Mandela s presidency, four-time major winner Els
had walked out of the players lounge a little after
6.30 am to talk to reporters and share some of his
precious memories of the time he spent with Mandela.
Els said that since about 1996 and well into his old
age, Mandela used to call the golfer every time he
won a tournament.
"They were special times and the little time we
had together was very special. He was just the most
amazing person I have ever met," Els said.
Player, South Africa s most successful golfer and
whose career so often clashed with South Africa s
dark years of apartheid, said he and three friends
had prayed and then cried together over Mandela s
passing before playing a casual round first thing in
the morning before the field went out.
"We all had a tear in our eyes, but it s also a day
of celebration because he d want us to celebrate,"
Player said. "And we ve got to celebrate for what he
actually gave this country." (AP)
Donaldson leads at somber Sun City
CHICAGO---Chicago shook off its form slump and
made light of the absence of Derrick Rose by beating
NBA defending champion Miami 107--87 on Thurs-
In the day s other games, the Los Angeles Clippers
produced a strong second half to overwhelm Memphis
and New York beat city rival Brooklyn in a clash of
two struggling teams.
Chicago s Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and Luol
Deng had 20 for the Bulls, who took control early
and hung on after watching a 25-point lead in the
third quarter dwindle to 12 late in the game.
It was an impressive showing by a team that had
dropped six of seven and is once again trying to get
by without injured star Derrick Rose.
The Bulls shot 50 per cent, were ten for 19 on 3-
pointers and out-rebounded Miami 49-27.
LeBron James scored 21 points for the Heat, which
shot a season low for the second straight game, con-
verting 41.6 per cent from the field.
Los Angeles reserves Darren Collison and Jamal
Crawford scored 15 points each to help lift the Clippers
to a 101--81 win over Memphis.
Chris Paul also had 15 points and eight assists for
LA, which shot 13 of 20 in the fourth quarter and
was able to rely on the contribution of its bench
while resting Paul and Blake Griffin in the fourth
Kosta Koufos led Memphis with 17 points.
New York s Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and
ten rebounds as the Knicks snapped a nine-game
losing skid by beating crosstown rival Brooklyn 113-
83 in the teams first clash this season.
Iman Shumpert scored a season-high 17 points
for the Knicks, who put in probably their most com-
plete performance of a highly disappointing start to
Brook Lopez had 24 points and nine rebounds for
the Nets. (AP)
off form slump
to beat Heat
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