Bogeys slow Garcia’s Sun City tournament charge
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.”