Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Lowry surges to stay hot on Garcia's heels in Sun City

Lowry surges to stay hot on Garcia's heels in Sun City

Sergio Garcia only just 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, twice a Sun City victor before the Nedbank became part of the tour, made eight birdies in a brilliant start to the penultimate tournament of the season to move four strokes clear of Charl Schwartzel, Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Mikko Korhonen at the Gary Player Country Club.

As Branden Grace handed the crystal trophy back to Nedbank Golf Challenge host Gary Player in a televised ceremony on Tuesday, he whispered to Player, "Hopefully we can keep it in South Africa again this week".

Li Haotong, who can also win the Race to Dubai at next week's Tour Championship, carded a 71. If you do that you can give yourself a lot of chances around here, but you need to get the ball in the fairway first.

"Not every day you're going to go out there and shoot 64, " Garcia said.

Fisher's hopes quickly faded after racking up a quintuple-bogey from the trees at the par-five 15th, as Oosthuizen cancelled out a double-bogey at the eighth with an eagle at the 10th and picked up another shot at the par-five 14th. It's the first tournament that I came to watch live and watch my heroes play.

The 2017 Masters champion missed a short putt for par on the fifth, three-putted the 13 for bogey and then dropped another shot on the 18 hole as his second putt horseshoed straight back at him.

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. Also in that group is Lee Westwood (69), a two-time victor at Sun City.

"I only see hitting a three-iron out there and 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".

Tournament favourite Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland is one-under‚ eight shots off the lead. The West Waterford man (31) added a three-over 74 to his opening 72, racking up a quadruple-bogey eight at his ninth hole, the 18th, to finish well down the leaderboard on four-over at El Camaleon Golf Club.

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