Originally created 02/13/98

Weather delays start of South African PGA



JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Rain and lightning interrupted Thursday's start of the South African PGA with less than one-third of the international field able to complete their opening rounds.

Paul Affleck of Wales shot a 5-under-par 67 to lead 51 of the extended field of 156 golfers who managed to complete their rounds.

Play was halted because of lightning before many players had even started. A thunderstorm covered several of the greens with rain water.

The players were sent out on the course twice in the afternoon to resume play, but were recalled with lightning still in the area. The first-round will be completed Friday.

Affleck, whose best finish in Europe was second place in the 1996 Madeira Island Open, was one in front of European Tour veterans Anders Forsbrand of Sweden and Italy's Costantino Rocca.

South African Roger Wessels, who won the $660,000 event in 1991, shot 68 and three players -- Oliver Edmond of France, India's Jeev Singh and South African Mark Wiltshire -- were at 69.

Defending champion Nick Price of Zimbabwe shot a 1-under 71 and Australia's Greg Norman, who won his own tournament in Sydney last weekend, finished with a 72.