Garcia’s lead in Sun City cut to 1 by Oosthuizen
Sergio Garcia barely held onto his lead as Louis Oosthuizen’s second-round 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.
Oosthuizen has never won his country’s most prestigious tournament.
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.
Garcia couldn’t match his blistering openinground 64 and ended with a bogey when his short par putt looped all the way around the hole and came back out.
“Not every day you’re going to go out there and shoot 64,” Garcia said. “It doesn’t work like that. I feel like I played quite well.”
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.
Jutanugarn led by four strokes after the second round but slipped to a 71.
Sung Hyun Park shot a 67 and fellow South Korean Sei Young Kim a 68 to put them both within five of the lead.
PGA Tour Champions: Paul Goydos birdied the par-5 18th for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.
Tied for the first-round lead with Tim Petrovic after a 63, Goydos had six birdies in the bogey-free round in warm, sunny conditions at Phoenix Country Club. He won the 2016 event at Desert Mountain.
Scott McCarron, one of six players left in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race for a $1 million annuity, was a stroke back after a 64. He birdied the final two holes.