Nelson Mandela Championship is brought forward a day in Durban

The European Tour's Nelson Mandela Championship will start a day earlier to avoid a clash with the anti-apartheid icon's state funeral on 15 December.

Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died aged 95 on Thursday.

The tournament will start on Wednesday, 11 December, and finish on Saturday, 14 December, in Durban, South Africa.

The event will honour Mandela's ongoing charity work through the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. 

Sport's greatest icons have paid their own tributes to Mandela, including Muhammad Ali, Pele, Tiger Woods and David Beckham.

The inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship was won by Scotland's Scott Jamieson in 2012.