Bo­geys slow Gar­cia’s Sun City tour­na­ment charge

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GOLF/BOXING -

Ser­gio Gar­cia was pegged back on the sec­ond day of the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge in South Africa.

The Spa­niard, look­ing for back-to-back vic­to­ries af­ter tri­umph­ing at Valder­rama, shot an eight-un­der-par first round to lead by four but goes into the week­end just one ahead of home favourite Louis Oosthuizen.

Gar­cia ex­tended his lead to five shots with birdies at the first two holes but had to sign for a one-un­der-par 71 af­ter three bo­geys in the last six holes at Sun City.

Gar­cia, who is nine un­der par, said: “The course is tough. It’s not every day you’re go­ing to go out there and shoot 64, it doesn’t work like that. I feel like I played quite well.

“I stayed pos­i­tive, I stayed calm. I wanted to shoot some­thing below 70 and I felt like I had a chance of do­ing it, un­for­tu­nately it didn’t work out but we’re still in the lead. It’s good.”

A dou­ble-bo­gey at the eighth was the only blem­ish on Oosthuizen’s card of 67, with his round also in­clud­ing three birdies in the first four holes, an ea­gle at the 10th and fur­ther birdies at 14 and 15.

Oosthuizen looked to be strug­gling af­ter a dou­ble­bo­gey on the eighth hole saw him turn at one un­der-par for the round.

“I’m pretty happy with the round,” Oosthuizen told re­porters.

“Af­ter eight I had a good run at a few holes.

“I feel like I’m play­ing nicely, I’m just try­ing to hit the fair­ways and the irons feel pretty good.

“You have to play the wind as you feel it be­cause it is so in­con­sis­tent.

“It’s a golf course that you need to be pa­tient around.”

Finn Mikko Korho­nen sits third, three shots off Gar­cia, with English pair Lee West­wood and Aaron Rai, South Africa’s Dy­lan Frit­telli and Ire­land’s Shane Lowry a fur­ther two shots back on four un­der par.

Rory Mcil­roy, who needs a top-two fin­ish to keep his Race to Dubai hopes alive, is one un­der par af­ter a sec­on­dround 71

“I haven’t been giv­ing my­self good po­si­tions off the tee to give me chances with irons and get close enough to have a good look at birdies,” Mcil­roy said.

“I need to tidy up may game off the tee. If you do that you give your­self a chance.”

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