Vaughn Taylor and Brendon Todd are tied for the lead as the Mayakoba Golf Classic prepares for a Monday finish.

The American pair were both sitting at 20 under through 14 holes when darkness saw play suspended in Playa del Carmen on Sunday.

Heavy rain meant no play was possible at the PGA Tour event on Thursday, leading to the delayed finish.

Taylor holed two birdies on his front nine before picking up shots at 10 and 13, while Todd bogeyed the 14th.

A three-time winner on the PGA Tour, Taylor is eyeing his first victory since 2016, while the in-form Todd is coming off a win at the Bermuda Championship earlier this month.

Mexican Carlos Ortiz has one hole left to play and is at 19 under, tied for third with Harris English, who is through 14.

English won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2013 and had made birdies at 13 and 14 when play was suspended.

Adam Long – who is four under through 15 – is also within striking distance, sitting outright fifth at 18 under.

Tommy Fleetwood came out on top in a play-off with Marcus Kinhult to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge after surging up the leaderboard with a magnificent closing seven-under 65.

Fleetwood started his final round six shots behind adrift of leader Zander Lombard in Sun City and finished it with a first title since January 2018 along with a cheque for USD 2,500,000.

The European Ryder Cup star hit the turn in 31 and a second successive eagle three at the 10th took him to the summit at the Gary Player Country Club.

Fleetwood's momentum was halted by back-to-back bogeys, but a third eagle at 14 following a superb approach shot to within 10 feet of the pin put him back into a share of the lead with Kinhult.

A fourth birdie of the day at 15 gave the Englishman a two-shot advantage, but he gave that stroke straight back at the next hole and pars at 17 and 18 ensured he set the clubhouse target at 12 under.

Kinhult made just the one gain on the back nine after going out in 33 – having birdied the first three holes – and a four-under 68 was enough to force a play-off.

It was not to be for the Swede, though, as a poor tee shot resulted in a bogey and Fleetwood got up and down to save par, claiming his second Rolex Series title and the biggest European Tour cash prize in history.

Fleetwood also moves up to second in the Race to Dubai rankings, with leader Bernd Wiesberger unable to wrap the title up with a week to spare after finishing in a share of third place with Thomas Detry and Jason Scrivener.

The battle to be crowned European number one will be settled at what promises to be a thrilling season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai next weekend.

Defending champion Lee Westwood took a share of sixth place with Louis Oosthuizen, while Lombard saw a maiden European Tour title slips through his fingers as he carded a five-over 77 to finish four off the pace home soil.

Harris English claimed a one-stroke lead following the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

English used a seven-under-par 64 to move top of the leaderboard in Playa del Carmen, Mexico on Saturday.

The PGA Tour tournament has been pushed back after heavy rain led to Thursday's opening round being washed out.

English – seeking his third Tour victory and first since winning the 2013 Mayakoba Golf Classic when it was known as OHL Classic at Mayakoba – had a bogey-free day.

The 30-year-old holed seven birdies as he improved to 13 under at the halfway stage, ahead of fellow American Vaughn Taylor (66).

Brandon Todd's second-round 66 left him two shots off the pace, while Danny Lee (70), Adam Long (69) and Robby Shelton (66) are a stroke further back heading into the third round.

Meanwhile, Russell Henley missed the cut in bizarre circumstances at El Camaleon Golf Club, where he violated the PGA Tour's One Ball Rule.

Henley was penalised eight shots after using a different type of golf ball than the one he started the second round with.

The three-time Tour champion looked to have carded a two-under 69, until Henley realised he had inadvertently used a different ball during the round as he signed balls to give away.

"It was a small dash, a different way it was marked that would have been easy to overlook," said TOUR Rules Official Brad Fabel. "He came to us and said he didn't know how it had gotten in his bag."

Zander Lombard will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the Nedbank Golf Challenge despite his worst round of the week on home soil.

Lombard, chasing a first European Tour title, ground it out with a level-par 72 in Sun City to hold a slender advantage over fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen and Belgian Thomas Detry.

World number 234 Lombard started his third round with two-shot lead and extended that by one, but a double-bogey six at the eighth hole following a dropped shot at six put Oosthuizen out in front.

Lombard recovered with four birdies in the space of seven holes and despite another bogey at 16, he is the man to catch on 11 under at Gary Player Country Club.

The 24-year-old said: "I'm still in the lead. I've got to stay positive and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow.

"I just couldn't get it going today. I didn't really make any mistakes, I just missed two or three fairways that really put me behind the eight ball and you can't attack this golf course if you're not in the fairway.

"I don't want to sound cocky but it's been a long time coming. I've really made big strides in how I do things on and off the golf course. It's nice to get some feedback and some results from the hard work."

Oosthuizen is hot on the heels of his compatriot after carding a one-under 71, two bogeys costing him the lead on moving day.

Detry moved level with Oosthuizen by shooting a three-under 69, while Oliver Wilson rose into a share of fourth spot with a five-under 67 to join Marcus Kinhult on eight under.

Defending champion Lee Westwood is among six players who are five shots adrift of the leader.

Danny Lee fired a nine-under 62 to grab a first-round lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic on Friday.

The PGA Tour event finally got underway in Playa del Carmen after heavy rain led to Thursday's scheduled play being washed out.

Lee, last year's runner-up, pushed into a one-stroke lead after mixing eight birdies with an eagle and a bogey.

The New Zealander holds a lead over American duo Brendon Todd and Adam Long, who opened with fine eight-under 63s.

Vaughn Taylor, Mark Hubbard, Zach Johnson and Chris Baker are a shot further back after the opening round.

Defending champion Matt Kuchar, who held off Lee by a shot last year, carded a two-under 69 to be tied for 44th.

Due to the rain, the third and fourth rounds will begin on Sunday, while the event will finish on Monday if required.

Zander Lombard carded an impressive 65 on Friday to surge into a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Nedbank Challenge.

The South African – playing alongside defending champion Lee Westwood and legendary compatriot Ernie Els - managed six birdies and an eagle in a round that included just the one blemish, a bogey five at the first.

Lombard's low score saw him finish the second day of the tournament in Sun City at the top of the leaderboard on 11 under, though his advantage would have been greater had a birdie putt at the last dropped.

Asked if the day ranked as one of his best ever on a golf course, the world number 234 told Sky Sports: "It's definitely up there. Obviously, the nerves are out there for the first few holes, but I settled in quite quickly.

"With Ernie and Lee being lovely gents, we just had an awesome time out there. I really enjoyed today."

Westwood's hopes of defending his title were hit by a round of 73 that included a double-bogey six at the 13th, leaving him on three under. As for Els, an 81 had him languishing down on five over par through 36 holes.

Louis Oosthuizen began the day in front and finished it as compatriot Lombard's closest challenger at the summit, after following up an opening 63 with a level-par 72 to remain nine under.

The 2010 Open champion had been a doubt to play in the tournament due to kidney stones, yet he remains firmly in contention ahead of the weekend.

"Definitely a bit more fatigued today - especially those last six or seven holes," Oosthuizen told Sky Sports. "I hit the tee shot on 14 and felt it a bit on the right side, I think it was a bit more muscular related.

"The stones have passed, so I just need to get some rest and play well tomorrow."

Thomas Detry sat alone in third on seven under; the Belgian having been at one stage in a tie for top spot but successive bogeys on the back nine saw him slip off the pace.

Tommy Fleetwood signed for a second successive 69 to sit tied on six under with Swede Marcus Kinhult in fourth place, a shot clear of Aaron Rai, Jason Scrivener and Joachim B. Hansen.

Defending champion Justin Burrowes will compete in this weekend's 24th staging of the Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Golf Tournament at the Caymanas Golf Club in St. Catherine.  

The start of the Mayakoba Golf Classic has been pushed back to Friday after heavy rain in Playa del Carmen.

After initially delaying the start of play on Thursday, the PGA Tour later announced round one would begin on Friday.

"Due to wet course conditions and the likelihood of further storms, the start to R1 of @MayakobaGolf has been postponed until 7 a.m. Friday," it said, via Twitter.

Rain is again expected on Friday before the weather is forecast to begin clearing on the weekend.

American Jason Dufner withdrew from the tournament before the opening round and was replaced by Rob Oppenheim.

Louis Oosthuizen hauled himself from his sick bed to produce a thrilling 63 and set the pace at the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City.

Struggling with kidney stones, Oosthuizen had to miss Wednesday's pro-am, instead spending a chunk of the day in hospital.

But the 37-year-old South African rejected thoughts of abandoning the tournament and hit nine birdies in a blemish-free round on Thursday. 

He revealed the secret to his success was a go-slow approach, ensuring he limited his pain levels and could focus on his swing

"Considering at 3am this morning I didn't think I was going to tee it up, I'm very chuffed with that round," said Oosthuizen, who sits three strokes clear of nearest rival Thomas Detry. 

He said he had been toiling "all of yesterday with kidney stones and this morning was very uncomfortable".

"You could see me walking slower and doing everything a little slower out there," he added.

"All of yesterday was very uncomfortable – I spent a bit of time in the hospital in Rustenburg.

"This morning was just a little niggly, but I went up to the range to hit a few shots and it didn't really bother me hitting - it was more the walking fast that got it, so I just slowed everything a little down and it worked nicely."

Oosthuizen has finished in the top 10 in three of his last four outings at the Gary Player Country Club, which stages this event.

The 2010 Open champion is also looking to add to his victory last December at the South African Open and he opened up a healthy lead on day one.

Italy's Guido Migliozzi held down third place after a five-under 67, one ahead of South Africans Ernie Els and Zander Lombard and England's Lee Westwood.

Four-time major winner Els, at 50, rolled back the years with four birdies and no bogeys.

"I didn't quite expect that. I haven't played too much golf recently," Els told the European Tour website. "I really came here with a plan to try and get a swing going, which I kind of did.

"I just went on memory, going around the golf course where I used to hit the ball. Today was a good day."

Tommy Fleetwood, whose ball was meddled with by mongooses on the 17th green, was one of 10 players to sign for a 69, leaving him three under.

Tommy Fleetwood encountered a new hazard on a golf course at the Nedbank Challenge as marauding mongooses stole the spotlight at Sun City.

The Englishman was approaching the end of his opening round when his second shot to the 17th, over water, was pounced upon by a gang of the curious small mammals.

They had been happily playing and munching the putting surface when Fleetwood's ball landed from a great height.

As it bounced on and settled around 25 feet from the hole, the mongooses' interest was piqued and a scurrying pair immediately pounced, nudging the ball along a few inches.

"They must think it's an egg," said a European Tour commentator.

Fleetwood laughed it off, with the 28-year-old writing on Twitter: "Anyone know the rule for a mongoose attack on your golf ball? Got to love Sun City."

Ryder Cup star Fleetwood was able to play on without further disruption, ending up with a par as he completed a three-under-par round of 69 to sit in a share of seventh place.

Local wildlife at the course in South Africa has grabbed the attention away from the golfers before.

Ian Poulter was pictured feeding monkeys before the 2017 Nedbank Challenge, and at the same year's event Scottish golfer-turned-commentator Andrew Coltart posted footage of a mongoose and snake in a dramatic face-off close to the course.

Rory McIlroy joked he may have beaten Tiger Woods for the first and last time after a statistic shared on social media indicated the world number two had set a new record.

A Twitter post reported McIlroy, who turned 30 in May, had become the youngest player to spend 500 weeks inside the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

According to the post, this betters the great Woods, the present number seven, who was four months older than McIlroy when he achieved the same feat.

Taking to his official Instagram account, McIlroy posted a screenshot of the statistic to his story and wrote: "The first (and maybe last) thing I've ever beaten Tiger at."

McIlroy, a four-time major winner, first moved into the top 10 in 2009, going on to become world number one three years later. 

Tyrrell Hatton won his first European Tour event in over two years as he triumphed in a dramatic six-man play-off in the Turkish Airlines Open.

The Englishman, who was seeking his first Tour win since October 2017, parred the fourth extra hole at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya, with a play-off finished under floodlights for the first time in professional golf.

Hatton came into round four three shots adrift of the lead, but a birdie on his final hole meant he closed with 67 – enough to put him into a six-man play-off, the third in European Tour history, at 20 under.

Alongside Hatton going back up the 18th were Benjamin Hebert, Victor Perez, Kurt Kitayama, Erik van Rooyen and overnight leader Matthias Schwab.

With Van Rooyen dropping out early in the play-off, Hatton looked set to follow the South African, but kept his hopes alive with a pinpoint chip for a birdie.

A poor drive from Schwab meant he had to lay up, but the Austrian still managed to find the green and secure a birdie.

French duo Hebert and Perez were unable to match Schwab's or Hatton's efforts, with Kitayama squandering a six-foot putt and the chance for victory on the next trip up the 18th.

Birdies from Hatton and Schwab then sent Kitayama packing the next time around, as six became two in tense scenes in Antalya.

Hatton's failure to convert a short putt for birdie looked set to prove costly, yet the $2million prize went his way when Schwab missed what should have been a simple shot and bogeyed.

"It's so surreal. I actually can't believe I've won. It's been quite a difficult year in terms of things happening off course," Hatton said after securing his fourth European Tour victory.

"The last month, I feel like I've found my game again. I said to people in my team that if I was lucky enough to win again I'd definitely savour the moment and not take it for granted.

"Sport's great when it's going well but when it's not it definitely hits home. I'm absolutely thrilled."

Eddie Pepperell exited the Turkish Airlines Open in the third round in bizarre fashion as he ran out of balls on Saturday.

The Englishman failed to complete the fourth hole and was disqualified but did not stick around to offer an explanation.

It was left to playing partner Martin Kaymer to divulge what had happened, with Pepperell losing "four or five" balls into the water next to the green at the par-five fourth.

Tiger Woods infamously won the 2000 U.S. Open after getting down to his last ball earlier in the tournament, but Kaymer had never previously seen a fellow professional run out entirely.

"Eddie hit his shots to the green, then came over to tell us he had run out of balls," two-time major winner Kaymer said. "Then he walked off.

"I thought he lost four or five. We are about 80 per cent sure it was five, 20 per cent four. He was quick, so it was hard to keep track.

"He did not ask if he could borrow one from me or George [Coetzee, fellow partner]. It did not look like he wanted to play.

"He did not putt with his putter on the third hole; he putted with a wedge. So there was a lot happening.

"I have never seen anything like that before. I only watched it on television, in [the film] Tin Cup. This is the first time I have seen it live."

Pepperell was two over for the day and par for the week before his round completely fell apart.

Matthias Schwab increased his Turkish Airlines Open lead to three shots as Patrick Reed, Tyrrell Hatton and Benjamin Hebert surged into contention.

Schwab – seeking a maiden European Tour win – slept on a one-stroke advantage over Danny Willett, Ross Fisher, Thomas Detry and Alex Noren, but only Fisher could cling to the Austrian's coattails in Antalya on Saturday.

Indeed, while Schwab – who eagled the first and birdied the last, just as he had on Friday – carded a composed 66, Detry signed for a 73 as Willett and Noren each hit 74.

Fisher's 68 puts him in a five-man chasing group that includes Hatton and 2018 Masters champion Reed, who both went round in 65, while Frenchman Hebert went one better in the joint-best round of the day.

Heading into Sunday on 18 under par and with some big names on his trail, Schwab has no intention to alter his aggressive approach. 

"The game plan is going to be the same as it's been the last three days," said the 24-year-old, who has secured nine top-10 finishes this season.

"The course is gettable and there are a lot of birdies out there so I'll just stay aggressive because pars won't be enough."

Justin Rose saw his bid for a third consecutive win at the tournament stymied by a one-over-par 73, while fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell was disqualified after failing to complete the fourth hole - his 13th having started on the back nine - after making multiple visits to the water.

 

Patrick Reed says it is "going to be special" to play alongside captain Tiger Woods at the Presidents Cup after the reigning Masters champion picked himself for the United States team.

Woods will serve as player and captain for USA in Melbourne after revealing his four selections on Thursday.

Along with himself, the 15-time major winner selected Reed, Tony Finau and Gary Woodland as USA seek an eighth consecutive success over the International team when the event begins on December 12.

The picks mean Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are among the big names to miss out, but Reed – who played with Woods at last year's Ryder Cup – was thrilled to join a team whose automatic qualifiers include the likes of Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas.

"To have Tiger as your captain, it's going to be special," Reed said to Sky Sports of Woods' decision, which saw him become the first Presidents Cup captain to use a wildcard on himself.

"It's going to be fun. It wouldn't be really a team event without having him there, especially with how he's been playing.

"Winning at Augusta and then going out and playing the way he did to win there in Japan, with the guy playing that well, we're happy to have him playing.

"I'm going to let captain decide who plays with who and once we get there, decide on the golf course. It's one of those things that we're going to pair ourselves up with who we think is the best for the team and the best for the golf course."

Woods will play in his ninth Presidents Cup, while Reed – who missed out on automatic qualification for the USA team – will appear for a third time.

"It means so much to me," said Reed, who is tied for 15th midway through a European Tour appearance at the Turkish Airlines Open.

"Representing our country and wearing red, white and blue is something I absolutely love and am so proud of.

"To be able to go out and get a pick, especially from captain Woods, was amazing. 

"The big thing is now that I've got a pick, is to go out and try to earn points for captain and go bring back the cup."

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