Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Sergio Garcia one shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen in Sun City

Sergio Garcia one shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen in Sun City

Sergio Garcia leads on 8 under after a round of 64.

Garcia began with successive birdies, and picked up further shots on the par-four sixth, the par-five ninth and par-five 14th, but missed a short putt for par on the fifth, three-putted the 13th for a bogey and then dropped another shot on the 18th hole as his second putt horseshoed back at him.

"I'm going to need some great golf over the next two weeks, but we'll see what happens this week".

"It's important to keep the ball in play as much as possible here and it's a precision type of golf course", Garcia said.

"My thing is I'm coming here with the goal, if I can get into that final group on Thursday with Frankie next week, that would be a good start", McIlroy said, conscious that he's played in six final groups this year without success.

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. "I think I played very smart, I probably wasn't swinging unbelievably but I kept it under control and kept the ball in play all the time which is hard to do here".

"You have to just trust your shot and sometimes it goes wrong, but I was fortunate to get it right a lot of the time - to be bogey-free was really nice". "If you do that you give yourself a chance".

Fox mixed three birdies, and an eagle - on the par five 10th - with three bogeys, and is tied with South African Branden Grace.

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

"There are a lot of birdies left out there, so being in the top-15 by the end of the day makes me really happy".

"I need to tidy up may game off the tee".

"There's a few I feel like I could have challenged a bit more for. I kept it under control and guessed some of the winds right, which is always hard here".

McIlroy is nearly two million points behind Molinari and needs to win at least one of the remaining two events to overhaul the Italian, who enjoys a lead of just over one million points from Ryder Cup partner and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood. "Hopefully I can get off to a good start this week".

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