Garcia’s lead in Sun City cut to 1 by Oosthuizen

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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.

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