Grace leads SA quest to keep Nedbank Golf Challenge trophy at home

Grace leads SA quest to keep Nedbank Golf Challenge trophy at home

Sergio Garcia continued his remarkable recent run of form as he opened up a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

Pre tournament favourite Rory McIlroy struggled to an even par round of 70. I feel like my game is in pretty good shape.

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. "If you do that you give yourself a chance". "It's not ideal to see three-putts, but some of the pins were nearly impossible to get to and when you leave yourself 20 or 25 feet putting over hills then it's gonna happen sometimes", a phlegmatic Garcia said after his round on Friday.

"I drove the ball nicely, hit a lot of fairways and greens, but it just does not happen on this course that you are going to hit the ball to two feet every time". I would certainly have taken that on Thursday morning.

Oosthuizen looked to be struggling after a double-bogey on the eighth hole saw him turn at one under-par for the round.

Oosthuizen recovered, though, with a superb approach to the 10th setting up an eagle, followed by back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15.

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Fisher dropped eight shots in his last four holes on Friday but recovered admirably with a third-round 67.

"Over the years eight has always been a tough tee shot on the eye for me, I only see a three-iron there and it was a bit into the breeze today. I still could have got away with a bogey, but both my caddie and I completely misread the putt".

"This sort of round does not happen very often, I was very fortunate", said the 38-year-old Spanish victor of the 2017 Masters after his bogey-free round.

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. "It's a golf course that you need to be patient around".

"It was good the first few holes today, but I was very scrappy on the way in".

New Zealand's Ryan Fox however has made a good start with a round of 69 to be 2 under and in 11th place.

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