Mcilroy off pace but de­fi­ant

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Boxing - By James Cor­ri­gan

Rory Mcilroy is still de­ter­mined to “fin­ish the sea­son on a high” de­spite two frus­trat­ing rounds at the Ned­bank Chal­lenge in Sun City.

The Ir­ish­man ar­rived in South Africa declar­ing that he could defy the odds and lift a fourth Race to Dubai ti­tle by win­ning this week and again at the sea­son-end­ing DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship.

But a sec­ond-round 71 at the Gary Player Coun­try Club left him eight shots be­hind pace-set­ter Ser­gio Gar­cia and, although it is still a pos­si­bil­ity, the chances of him deny­ing Francesco Moli­nari the Harry Var­don Tro­phy a week to­mor­row are get­ting more un­likely by the round.

“It has been a frus­trat­ing cou­ple of days,” Mcilroy said. “My game is not re­ally where I want it to be, but I’ve got two more op­por­tu­ni­ties to try and put a cou­ple of good rounds to­gether and then go to Dubai and try to fin­ish the sea­son on a high.”

Gar­cia leads by one over home favourite Louis Oosthuizen. Two bo­geys in his last three holes brought the Spa­niard back to the field on nine un­der par af­ter his own 71. Fin­land’s Mikko Korho­hen is two fur­ther back from Oosthuizen, who shot 67, fol­low­ing a 70.

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