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 3

Garcia maintains Nedbank lead

November 10, 2018

Sergio Garcia fired a 71 on day three of the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player to open up a two-shot lead as he looks for a wire-to-wire victory in the seventh Rolex Series event of the season.

Garcia maintains Nedbank lead, © Getty Images

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“I thought it was pretty good. The course is playing tough. It's playing difficult, but I felt like probably I didn't get much out of my round. I felt like I was quite consistent."

“Maybe I could have been a little bit more aggressive hitting a couple shots here and there but I gave myself a good amount of chances. Unfortunately, the putts didn't want to drop but at the end of the day, shooting under par, still in the lead, I'm happy with that."

“It would be great. Winning any tournament, it's always amazing, but winning here, a Rolex Series Event, obviously extra special. It would be really nice, and you know, we're going to try to do that.”

The Spaniard led by four after round one but fellow Major Champion Louis Oosthuizen cut that to one shot after 36 holes and the South African will be the nearest challenger heading into Sunday at Gary Player Country Club.

The 38 year old will enter the final day at ten under as he looks to make it back-to-back wins after triumphing at the Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by his own foundation, with Oosthuizen carding a 72 to sit in second.

Garcia has nine wins from his previous 14 54-hole leads on the European Tour and would be the second wire-to-wire winner of the season after Eddie Pepperell at the Sky Sports British Masters.

A victory would be Garcia's second wire-to-wire win in the last two seasons and his third triumph at Gary Player Country Club after winning this event in 2001 and 2003 before it joined the European Tour International Schedule.

Belgian Thomas Detry, Finn Mikko Korhonen and England's Lee Westwood were then at seven under, a shot clear of another Englishman in Ross Fisher, who mounted a remarkable comeback with a 67 after dropping eight shots in his last four holes on Friday.

“I think it requires hitting it straight, and I think it requires a lot of patience because the breeze is changing, and you do get some strange things happening out there because of where it is," said Westwood.

“I've always enjoyed putting on these greens. A lot of imagination on them. Sometimes you get some big breaking putts. It reminds me in a little way of Augusta the way you have to tackle it. You have to play away from pins and sometimes you have putts that you don't want or leave in a spot where you can't get it up-and-down."

“I'm always excited when I'm in contention. It's always lovely being in the last couple of groups in this tournament, the crowds are always very enthusiastic and given me a lot of support.”

Local favourite Darren Fichardt carded a 67 to sit at four under, a shot clear of fellow South African Dean Burmester and French duo Benjamin Hebert and Mike Lorenzo-Vera.

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 ten and 14 shots back respectively, while Rory McIlroy - who needs a top-two finish - was at level par.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-10
64
71
71
206
2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-8
69
67
72
208
T3
Lee Westwood
ENG
-7
71
69
69
209
T3
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-7
68
70
71
209
T3
Thomas Detry
BEL
-7
75
66
68
209
6
Ross Fisher
ENG
-6
71
72
67
210
7
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-4
74
67
71
212
T8
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
69
75
69
213
T8
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
72
71
70
213
T8
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-3
68
73
72
213
T11
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
69
72
73
214
T11
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
75
69
70
214
T11
Shane Lowry
IRL
-2
71
69
74
214
T14
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
72
68
75
215
T14
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-1
73
69
73
215
T14
Branden Grace
RSA
-1
70
71
74
215
T14
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
73
67
75
215
T14
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
69
76
70
215
T14
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-1
71
71
73
215
T20
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
71
70
75
216
T20
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
69
73
74
216
T20
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
Par
68
78
70
216
T20
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
71
70
75
216
T20
Martin Kaymer
GER
Par
76
69
71
216
T20
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
75
70
71
216
T20
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
77
69
70
216
T20
Rory McIlroy
NIR
Par
72
71
73
216
T28
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
1
74
72
71
217
T28
Andy Sullivan
ENG
1
69
74
74
217
T28
Chris Paisley
ENG
1
72
75
70
217
T28
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
1
72
74
71
217
T28
Joost Luiten
NED
1
72
75
70
217
T28
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
70
73
74
217
T34
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
74
70
74
218
T34
Renato Paratore
ITA
2
72
71
75
218
T34
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
74
73
71
218
T37
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
77
69
73
219
T37
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
77
73
69
219
T37
Julien Guerrier
FRA
3
74
68
77
219
T37
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
72
71
76
219
T37
Robert Rock
ENG
3
75
73
71
219
T37
Sam Horsfield
ENG
3
73
72
74
219
T37
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
73
74
72
219
T44
Brandon Stone
RSA
4
74
71
75
220
T44
George Coetzee
RSA
4
73
79
68
220
T44
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
79
69
72
220
T44
Jorge Campillo
ESP
4
71
78
71
220
T44
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
4
75
70
75
220
T44
Lucas Herbert
AUS
4
76
69
75
220
T44
Padraig Harrington
IRL
4
73
73
74
220
T44
Paul Waring
ENG
4
72
76
72
220
T44
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
74
75
71
220
T53
Danny Willett
ENG
5
78
71
72
221
T53
Lee Slattery
ENG
5
74
73
74
221
T53
Paul Dunne
IRL
5
78
71
72
221
T56
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
6
74
79
69
222
T56
Nacho Elvira
ESP
6
74
73
75
222
T56
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
6
75
74
73
222
T56
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
6
75
71
76
222
T56
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
77
75
70
222
T56
Thomas Aiken
RSA
6
76
77
69
222
T62
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
7
75
75
73
223
T62
Gavin Green
MAS
7
75
70
78
223
T62
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
7
78
73
72
223
T62
Richard McEvoy
ENG
7
72
76
75
223
T66
Matthew Southgate
ENG
8
80
73
71
224
T66
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
8
71
76
77
224
T66
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
8
76
73
75
224
T66
Tom Lewis
ENG
8
75
71
78
224
70
Ashley Chesters
ENG
13
78
73
78
229
71
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
15
74
74
83
231
RET
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
81
70
-
151
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R3
Total
1
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-10
71
206
2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-8
72
208
T3
Lee Westwood
ENG
-7
69
209
T3
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-7
71
209
T3
Thomas Detry
BEL
-7
68
209
6
Ross Fisher
ENG
-6
67
210
7
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-4
71
212
T8
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
69
213
T8
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
70
213
T8
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-3
72
213
T11
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
73
214
T11
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
70
214
T11
Shane Lowry
IRL
-2
74
214
T14
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
75
215
T14
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-1
73
215
T14
Branden Grace
RSA
-1
74
215
T14
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
75
215
T14
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
70
215
T14
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-1
73
215
T20
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
75
216
T20
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
74
216
T20
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
Par
70
216
T20
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
75
216
T20
Martin Kaymer
GER
Par
71
216
T20
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
71
216
T20
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
70
216
T20
Rory McIlroy
NIR
Par
73
216
T28
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
1
71
217
T28
Andy Sullivan
ENG
1
74
217
T28
Chris Paisley
ENG
1
70
217
T28
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
1
71
217
T28
Joost Luiten
NED
1
70
217
T28
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
74
217
T34
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
74
218
T34
Renato Paratore
ITA
2
75
218
T34
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
71
218
T37
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
73
219
T37
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
69
219
T37
Julien Guerrier
FRA
3
77
219
T37
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
76
219
T37
Robert Rock
ENG
3
71
219
T37
Sam Horsfield
ENG
3
74
219
T37
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
72
219
T44
Brandon Stone
RSA
4
75
220
T44
George Coetzee
RSA
4
68
220
T44
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
72
220
T44
Jorge Campillo
ESP
4
71
220
T44
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
4
75
220
T44
Lucas Herbert
AUS
4
75
220
T44
Padraig Harrington
IRL
4
74
220
T44
Paul Waring
ENG
4
72
220
T44
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
71
220
T53
Danny Willett
ENG
5
72
221
T53
Lee Slattery
ENG
5
74
221
T53
Paul Dunne
IRL
5
72
221
T56
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
6
69
222
T56
Nacho Elvira
ESP
6
75
222
T56
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
6
73
222
T56
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
6
76
222
T56
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
70
222
T56
Thomas Aiken
RSA
6
69
222
T62
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
7
73
223
T62
Gavin Green
MAS
7
78
223
T62
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
7
72
223
T62
Richard McEvoy
ENG
7
75
223
T66
Matthew Southgate
ENG
8
71
224
T66
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
8
77
224
T66
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
8
75
224
T66
Tom Lewis
ENG
8
78
224
70
Ashley Chesters
ENG
13
78
229
71
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
15
83
231
RET
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
-
151