Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Sergio Garcia one shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen in Sun City

McIlroy is aiming to win the Race to Dubai for the fourth time McIlroy is aiming to win the Race to Dubai for the fourth time
Rita Gibson | 10 November, 2018, 17:46

Australia's Jason Scrivener is among the chasing pack, but they all have their work cut out catching Sergio Garcia after the opening round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.

In addition to Oosthuizen, Dylan Frittelli is also leading the South African charge as he also shot a 67 on Friday to leap to four-under-par overall, five shots behind Garcia.

The 29-year-old was three under after 13, but he bogeyed the 14, a par five he would have expected to birdie, and then came the ugly six which saw him crash out of the top 20.

Rory McIlroy, who is still in the running to win the Race to Dubai and end the season as European No. 1, is tied for 19th after a 1-under 71.

Mikko Korhonen (70) was third at 6 under, two behind Oosthuizen and three off the lead.

Sergio Garcia plays out of the 16th greenside bunker yesterday's second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

A spectacular 18th where the ball circled the hole and rolled back out for a bogey summed up a frustrated round for Garcia.

Steve Hansen doesn’t want to play England too often
The hosts warmed up for the Test with a 12-11 win over South Africa , while New Zealand put 69 points on Japan. Hansen reckons it has become an even bigger game due to their failure to win the series.

"It wouldn't have been the year that I would have envisioned at the start but you're not going to have those years every single year that you play".

He is four shots ahead of the field.

Fisher's hopes quickly faded after racking up a quintuple-bogey from the trees at the par-five 15th, as Oosthuizen cancelled out a double-bogey at the eighth with an eagle at the 10th and picked up another shot at the par-five 14th. If you do that you can give yourself a lot of chances around here, but you need to get the ball in the fairway first.

While the two-time Sun City champion put his good fortune down to the vagaries of the wind not punishing him and some "bonus putts", his round on a first visit to Sun City since 2013 was remarkable.

"After eight I had a good run at a few holes".

England's Ross Fisher blazed his way eight-under for the round but came unstuck on the par-four 15th where he carded a nine.

But after driving into the trees on the 15th, the Englishman took six shots to reach the green and then three-putted for a nine. The West Waterford man (31) added a three-over 74 to his opening 72, racking up a quadruple-bogey eight at his ninth hole, the 18th, to finish well down the leaderboard on four-over at El Camaleon Golf Club.

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