Gar­cia fal­ters as Oosthuizen ral­lies

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - Liam Del Carme

Ser­gio Gar­cia es­poused the virtues of pa­tience af­ter his four-shot lead was trimmed to just one at the half­way mark of the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge on Fri­day.

Gar­cia, who is on nine-un­der, says the de­mand­ing Gary Player Coun­try Club ex­acts a high toll but re­wards those who bide their time.

“The course is play­ing tough. The greens are get­ting firmer, the pins were tight and not easy to get close to. You have to be pa­tient on this golf course.”

But South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen has started mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant gains. Oosthuizen, who carded a five-un­der 67, would have been in the lead had it not been for the only blem­ish on his card – a dou­ble­bo­gey six on the eighth.

“Over the years it has al­ways been a tough tee shot on my eye. It was a lit­tle into the breeze and I knew I had to hit a good three-iron and prob­a­bly leave my­self with a five-iron in,” he said about miss­ing a putt. His game how­ever seems to be click­ing into place and he must now have a gen­uine chance of win­ning this ti­tle for the first time.

Fin­land’s Mikko Korho­nen is two shots back from Oosthuizen, while South Africa’s Dy­lan Frit­telli is in a group of play­ers on four-un­der.

Frit­telli carded a five-un­der on Fri­day, and is in a group that in­cludes Eng­land’s Lee West­wood and Aaron Rai, as well as Ire­land’s Shane Lowry.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Bran­den Grace is on three-un­der with fel­low South African Dar­ren Fichardt, France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Eng­land’s Matt Wal­lace, Italy’s An­drea Pa­van, Bel­gium’s Thomas Detry and China’s Hao­tong Li.

Tour­na­ment favourite Rory McIl­roy of North­ern Ire­land is one-un­der, eight shots off the lead.

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