Garcia’s lead in Sun City cut to 1 by Oosthuizen

Paola Ditto
Novembre 10, 2018

Fisher then bogeyed his last three holes, dropping eight shots in his last four for a 72 when he was on course to better Garcia's opening-round 64.

The Dubliner felt his back go as he practised at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona yesterday and may not be able to join Tramore's Robin Dawson and Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin at the Lakes Course for today's first round of the six-round race to finish in the top 25 and ties.

"It wouldn't have been the year that I would have envisioned at the start but you're not going to have those years every single year that you play".

"If I can tidy that up tomorrow I should be alright, but obviously I'm pretty disappointed right now", said McIlroy. "I would have taken it if you offered it to me on Thursday morning".

Sergio Garcia carded eight birdies in a flawless opening round in South Africa.

He admits to having a nagging feeling when he reaches the eighth tee.

"After eight I had a good run at a few holes".

"If it were a bogey it would have been fine‚" he said about missing a putt that would have limited the damage.

"Like I said earlier, it's very important to keep the ball in play as much as possible here and that's what I was trying to do when I didn't feel comfortable with the driver, because if it got too narrow, I hit something less than that and tried to play the hole maybe a little bit tougher and realise those things".

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel is one of three second-placed players on four-under, along with Finn Mikko Korhonen and Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera.

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.

And fellow South African Erik van Rooyen is fulfilling a childhood dream as he makes his debut in this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.

Li was in the throes of composing a scorching round when the wheels came off in the last four holes‚ which saw him drop four shots.

Ross Fisher came close to the round of the day when he made the turn in 31 after three birdies and an eagle in his first nine.

Pre tournament favourite Rory McIlroy struggled to an even par round of 70.

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