GARCIA’S LEAD IN SUN CITY CUT TO 1 BY OOSTHUIZEN
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.