Gar­cia eyes big fin­ish

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Front Page - Dale Rankin

Ser­gio Gar­cia pro­longed his Ryder Cup resur­gence in South Africa only for a bo­gey fin­ish to give the field a glim­mer of hope.

The Spa­niard opened up a twoshot lead on 10 un­der head­ing into to­day’s fi­nal round of the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge, card­ing a one-un­der 71 af­ter rat­tling into the grand­stand up the last.

It leaves the 38-year-old on the cusp of back-to-backs wins since be­com­ing the all-time high­est points scorer at the Ryder Cup.

Gar­cia’s wild­card se­lec­tion had been ques­tioned by some only for him to sparkle in Paris then de­fend his An­dalu­cia Valder­rama Masters ti­tle last month.

But Rory McIl­roy’s hopes of beat­ing Francesco Moli­nari to the Euro­pean No.1 crown hang by a thread en­ter­ing the fi­nal 18.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man needs a top-two fin­ish to stay in the Race to Dubai run­ning but a one- over 73 lef t him eight of f sec­ond­placed Louis Oosthuizen.

Chas­ing a wire-to- wire vic­tory, Gar­cia – a win­ner of the event in 2010 and 2011 – said: “It’s go­ing to be tough, there’s no doubt about that.

“But it’s great to come with some good mo­men­tum, play­ing nicely and in the lead. It should be a fun day. I hope I can shoot some­where in the 60s al­though maybe 70 might be enough.”

Oosthuizen led the home charge with a 72 while Eng­land’s Lee West­wood is one of three on seven un­der af­ter sign­ing for a 69.

Westie said: “I’ve al­ways en­joyed putting on th­ese greens – a lot of imag­i­na­tion on them.

“Some­times you get some big break­ing putts. It re­minds me in a lit­tle way of Au­gusta the way you have to tackle it.”

Lone Scot Stephen Gal­lacher looks to be end­ing his year in South Africa hav­ing posted a 70 for a share of 56th on six over. Gal lo l ies 80th on the Race to Dubai pro­jected rank­ings, with only the top 60 head­ing to Dubai. Russell Knox will tee up in Dubai this week know­ing he’s Open bound even if last. The Scot heads into the sea­so­nend­ing DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship with a Race to Dubai top-30 spot his. But he wants a fi­nal flour­ish to make it into the world top 50 and all four Ma­jors. He said: “That is where I feel I be­long.”

REIGN­ING SUPREME Gar­cia takes cover from the sun as he stays top of the pile

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