Flawless García fires 64 for four-shot Nedbank lead

Doug Mendoza
November 10, 2018

Sergio Garcia flew into a four-shot lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge after an eight-under 64 on Thursday (Friday NZT) secured the biggest first-round advantage on the European Tour for a year.

Garcia, twice a victor in Sun City before the Nedbank Challenge became part of the tour, made eight birdies and was bogey-free in a brilliant start to the penultimate tournament of the season.

Garcia made another three birdies in the last four holes to sign for his best round at this venue since he claimed the first of his two titles at Sun City in 2001. Oosthuizen, who is from South Africa, has never won his country's most prestigious tournament.

Li Haotong, who can also win the Race to Dubai, carded a 1-under 71.

Scrivener also started well at last week's Turkish Airlines Open before a perhaps disappointing weekend saw him finish 23rd but with the carrot of a start at next week's season ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai still available to him with a good finish this week he has a lot still to play for.

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"Shooting 68 or 69 today would have been great, but unfortunately that didn't work out, but you have to be extremely precise on this course", said Garcia. I feel like I'm playing nicely, I'm just trying to hit the fairways and the irons feel pretty good.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, made two birdies and two bogeys to lead the home charge after a 72 while Westwood - victor here in 2010 and 2011 - signed for a 69.

English pair Lee Westwood and Aaron Rai share fourth spot alongside Dylan Frittelli and Shane Lowry, with Thomas Detry in the group a further stroke back after a round-of-the-day 66. Also in that group is Lee Westwood (69), a two-time victor at Sun City.

The Spaniard responded by holing a 15-footer at the next and making another from a similar distance at the ninth to reach the turn three ahead, only for Ross Fisher to cut the gap to two after following a front-nine 31 with three birdies in four holes from the 11th. He couldn't and had to take a drop. He was on the green in six and three-putted for a nine on the par 4. He then found trees again and lost his ball.

Former Masters champion Garcia, 38, is on 10 under after his one-under par 71, with South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen remaining on eight under after his 72.

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