Belleville News-Democrat - - Sports -

Ser­gio Garcia barely held onto his lead as Louis Oosthuizen’s sec­on­dround charge took him to within a shot of the Spa­niard at the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge on Fri­day.

Garcia’s 1-un­der 71 in Sun City, South Africa, moved him to 9-un­der 135 over­all, but his four-shot ad­van­tage from the first day dis­ap­peared as Oosthuizen (67) made an ea­gle and five birdies at Gary Player Coun­try Club. While Garcia bo­geyed three of his last six holes, Oosthuizen came home in 32.

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

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 71. McIl­roy must win at least one of the fi­nal two events to have a chance of over­haul­ing Race to Dubai leader Francesco Moli­nari, who isn’t play­ing in Sun City.

LPGA: Gaby Lopez shot a hole-in-one for a 6-un­der 66 on her 25th birth­day and a one-stroke lead over Ariya Ju­tanu­garn after the third round of the Blue Bay on Hainan Is­land, China.

Lopez had her ace on the par-3 17th and the Mex­i­can player will be look­ing for her first LPGA vic­tory in the fi­nal round at the Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club. She had a 9un­der to­tal of 207 after three rounds.

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