European Tour

Nedbank Golf Challenge 2018

November 08-11

Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa

$7,500,000

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November 08-11

Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa

$7,500,000

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Round 2

Garcia maintains lead in South Africa

November 09, 2018

Sergio Garcia will take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player after a dramatic second day in Sun City.

Garcia maintains lead in South Africa, © Getty Images

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The Spaniard entered round two of the seventh Rolex Series event of the season with a four-shot lead and extended that to five in the early stages before he was reeled in by local favourite Louis Oosthuizen.

“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."

Garcia signed for a 71 to move to nine under but fellow Major Champion Oosthuizen came home in 32 to sign for a 67 and emerge as the nearest challenger at Gary Player Country Club.

“Three three-putts, that's never ideal but on these greens it can happen. They are so quick and some of the pins are so tucked to the edges that it's difficult to hit it close to them. Other than that, I felt like I played well throughout the whole day."

“I wish I could see the future and tell you exactly how the weekend is going to go, but I'm trying to play consistent like I played the first two days, give myself a lot of birdie looks and you know, realise that the course is tough. It's not that easy to go out there. Just because I shot eight under on the first day doesn't mean you can do it every day. It's a difficult golf course."

“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.”

Finn Mikko Korhonen was then at six under, two shots clear of home favourite Dylan Frittelli, English pair Aaron Rai and Lee Westwood, and Ireland's Shane Lowry.

“We guessed the wind wrong a couple times there because it's coming from everywhere," said Korhonen. "Not much different. Of course playing in the last group is always a little bit more exciting. But yeah, it's a good day."

“Very excited. Just have to keep guessing the wind right and make good decisions.”

Both Garcia and Oosthuizen are looking for their first Rolex Series victories while Garcia could make it back-to-back wins after triumphing at the Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by his own foundation last time out.

Oosthuizen has not finished lower than 14th in this event since it joined the European Tour International Schedule in 2013 and the 2010 Open Champion is in the hunt for win number nine.

“Felt great," said Oosthuizen. "I hit a nice putt on one and hit a really good chip on two and got my round going. So that's a start you dream of and it's just trying to keep that momentum going is always tough around this track."

“I made a really good par save on 12 and 13, and then 14, hit a great up-and-down where I was sort of in trouble over the green and hit a good iron shot into 15. I sort of kept the momentum going after that eagle and I'm very pleased with that after the mishap on eight."

“You can have all the course knowledge in the world here and it's not going to make a difference. The wind is swirling all over the place. It's tough tee shots, whether you've played here many times before or the first time here. It's a good golf course, especially off the tee box."

“I'm very excited. I've got quite a few friends and family here and obviously the home crowd behind me. It should be fun playing tomorrow.”

In the quest to stay in the hunt for the Race to Dubai next week, Li Haotong and Lucas Bjerregaard both need a win but were six and ten shots back respectively, while Rory McIlroy - who needs a top-two finish - was at one under.

Defending champion Branden Grace, fellow South African Darren Fichardt, Belgian Thomas Detry, Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Italian Andrea Pavan and England's Matt Wallace were alongside Li at three under.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-9
64
71
135
2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-8
69
67
136
3
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
68
70
138
T4
Aaron Rai
ENG
-4
72
68
140
T4
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-4
73
67
140
T4
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
71
69
140
T4
Shane Lowry
IRL
-4
71
69
140
T8
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-3
71
70
141
T8
Branden Grace
RSA
-3
70
71
141
T8
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
74
67
141
T8
Haotong Li
CHN
-3
71
70
141
T8
Matt Wallace
ENG
-3
69
72
141
T8
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-3
68
73
141
T8
Thomas Detry
BEL
-3
75
66
141
T15
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-2
73
69
142
T15
Ashun Wu
CHI
-2
69
73
142
T15
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-2
74
68
142
T15
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
71
71
142
T19
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-1
69
74
143
T19
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
72
71
143
T19
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
72
71
143
T19
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
72
71
143
T19
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-1
72
71
143
T19
Ross Fisher
ENG
-1
71
72
143
T19
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
70
73
143
T26
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
69
75
144
T26
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
75
69
144
T26
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
Par
74
70
144
T29
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
74
71
145
T29
Gavin Green
MAS
1
75
70
145
T29
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
69
76
145
T29
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
1
75
70
145
T29
Lucas Herbert
AUS
1
76
69
145
T29
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
76
69
145
T29
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
75
70
145
T29
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
73
72
145
T37
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
74
72
146
T37
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
2
68
78
146
T37
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
2
77
69
146
T37
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
72
74
146
T37
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
2
75
71
146
T37
Padraig Harrington
IRL
2
73
73
146
T37
Richard Sterne
RSA
2
77
69
146
T37
Tom Lewis
ENG
2
75
71
146
T45
Chris Paisley
ENG
3
72
75
147
T45
Nacho Elvira
ESP
3
74
73
147
T45
Joost Luiten
NED
3
72
75
147
T45
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
74
73
147
T45
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
3
71
76
147
T45
Trevor Immelman
RSA
3
74
73
147
T45
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
73
74
147
T52
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
79
69
148
T52
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
4
74
74
148
T52
Paul Waring
ENG
4
72
76
148
T52
Richard McEvoy
ENG
4
72
76
148
T52
Robert Rock
ENG
4
75
73
148
T57
Danny Willett
ENG
5
78
71
149
T57
Jorge Campillo
ESP
5
71
78
149
T57
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
5
75
74
149
T57
Paul Dunne
IRL
5
78
71
149
T57
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
5
74
75
149
T57
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
5
76
73
149
T63
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
6
75
75
150
T63
Jens Dantorp
SWE
6
77
73
150
T65
Alexander Levy
FRA
7
81
70
151
T65
Ashley Chesters
ENG
7
78
73
151
T65
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
7
78
73
151
T68
George Coetzee
RSA
8
73
79
152
T68
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
8
77
75
152
T70
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
9
74
79
153
T70
Matthew Southgate
ENG
9
80
73
153
T70
Thomas Aiken
RSA
9
76
77
153
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R2
Total
1
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-9
71
135
2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-8
67
136
3
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
70
138
T4
Aaron Rai
ENG
-4
68
140
T4
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-4
67
140
T4
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
69
140
T4
Shane Lowry
IRL
-4
69
140
T8
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-3
70
141
T8
Branden Grace
RSA
-3
71
141
T8
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
67
141
T8
Haotong Li
CHN
-3
70
141
T8
Matt Wallace
ENG
-3
72
141
T8
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-3
73
141
T8
Thomas Detry
BEL
-3
66
141
T15
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-2
69
142
T15
Ashun Wu
CHI
-2
73
142
T15
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-2
68
142
T15
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
71
142
T19
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-1
74
143
T19
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
71
143
T19
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
71
143
T19
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
71
143
T19
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-1
71
143
T19
Ross Fisher
ENG
-1
72
143
T19
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
73
143
T26
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
75
144
T26
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
69
144
T26
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
Par
70
144
T29
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
71
145
T29
Gavin Green
MAS
1
70
145
T29
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
76
145
T29
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
1
70
145
T29
Lucas Herbert
AUS
1
69
145
T29
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
69
145
T29
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
70
145
T29
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
72
145
T37
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
72
146
T37
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
2
78
146
T37
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
2
69
146
T37
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
74
146
T37
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
2
71
146
T37
Padraig Harrington
IRL
2
73
146
T37
Richard Sterne
RSA
2
69
146
T37
Tom Lewis
ENG
2
71
146
T45
Chris Paisley
ENG
3
75
147
T45
Nacho Elvira
ESP
3
73
147
T45
Joost Luiten
NED
3
75
147
T45
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
73
147
T45
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
3
76
147
T45
Trevor Immelman
RSA
3
73
147
T45
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
74
147
T52
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
69
148
T52
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
4
74
148
T52
Paul Waring
ENG
4
76
148
T52
Richard McEvoy
ENG
4
76
148
T52
Robert Rock
ENG
4
73
148
T57
Danny Willett
ENG
5
71
149
T57
Jorge Campillo
ESP
5
78
149
T57
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
5
74
149
T57
Paul Dunne
IRL
5
71
149
T57
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
5
75
149
T57
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
5
73
149
T63
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
6
75
150
T63
Jens Dantorp
SWE
6
73
150
T65
Alexander Levy
FRA
7
70
151
T65
Ashley Chesters
ENG
7
73
151
T65
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
7
73
151
T68
George Coetzee
RSA
8
79
152
T68
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
8
75
152
T70
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
9
79
153
T70
Matthew Southgate
ENG
9
73
153
T70
Thomas Aiken
RSA
9
77
153