Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nedbank Gold Challenge - Four Southern Africans to watch out for

Nedbank Gold Challenge - Four Southern Africans to watch out for

Sergio Garcia has already opened up a significant lead at the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City in South Africa, his opening round of 64 his best start at Sun City since his win here in 2001 before the event became a European Tour title.

But it was another frustrating day for McIlroy at Gary Player Country Club and a microcosm of his year as he posted an erratic, one-under 71 that left him where he started the day, eight behind Garcia.

While Garcia bogeyed three of his last six holes, Oosthuizen came home in 32, with that eagle and two birdies on his back nine.

Mikko Korhonen (70) was third at 6 under, two behind Oosthuizen and three off the lead.

European Tour cameras caught an all-timer Friday at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, when China's Ashun Wu was deciding whether to play it safe and punch out on the fairway or try to reach the green from a really tricky angle at the par-4 18th.

"I wouldn't say it was a frustrating back nine‚" said a pragmatic Garcia.

"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". It's not ideal to see three-putts, but some of the pins were nearly impossible to get to and when you leave yourself 20 or 25 feet putting over hills then it is going to happen sometimes.

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"It was good the first few holes today, but I was very scrappy on the way in".

Oosthuizen's second round gave the 2010 Open champion the chance of a first tournament win since February 2016.

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.

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.

England's Ross Fisher blazed his way eight-under for the round but came unstuck on the par-four 15th where he carded a nine.

Garcia's error-free round was in stark contrast to that of world number six McIlroy, whose level-par 72 was characterised by some wayward driving.

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