Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Big Garcia lead cut in frustrating second round

Big Garcia lead cut in frustrating second round

Sergio Garcia was pegged back on the second day of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

Garcia, twice a Sun City victor before the Nedbank became part of the tour, made eight birdies in a brilliant start to the penultimate tournament of the season to move four strokes clear of Charl Schwartzel, Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Mikko Korhonen at the Gary Player Country Club.

Garcia is seeking a third Nedbank title but first since 2003, while South Africa's Oosthuizen has never won his country's most prestigious tournament.

McIlroy, without a European Tour win this season, needs at least one victory in the next two weeks to have a chance of being crowned Europe's No. 1 for a fourth time.

But after starting promisingly with birdies at the second and third, he missed too many fairways and mixed three bogeys with two birdies in an exasperating spell mid-round, even missing a two-foot tiddler for par at the eighth.

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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A spectacular 18th where the ball circled the hole and rolled back out for a bogey summed up a frustrated round for Garcia. But he was still solid overall on a course with lightning-fast greens and a series of pins tucked away in the corners.

"When you leave yourself 20‚ 25-footers it is going to happen [drop shots]". "It doesn't work like that".

A group of eight players are at three under-par, including defending champion Branden Grace and 2010 British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen.

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.

But Fisher had a series of mishaps on No. 15. He couldn't and had to take a drop. The West Waterford man (31) added a three-over 74 to his opening 72, racking up a quadruple-bogey eight at his ninth hole, the 18th, to finish well down the leaderboard on four-over at El Camaleon Golf Club.

The Spaniard hit an eight under par 64 to lead the pack by four shots while McIlroy had a disappointing day at the office.

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