Oosthuizen closes in on Garcia at halfway stage of Nedbank Golf Challenge


Southern African golfers have always acquitted themselves well at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, winning 14 of the 37 editions of "Africa's Major".

Home hopeful Louis Oosthuizen is just one shot back after Garcia dropped bogeys on three of the last six holes to reach 36 holes at nine under, having avoided any at all a day earlier. 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 is going to happen sometimes.

"It was one of those rounds where things happened nicely to me".

Two-time victor Sergio Garcia leads the way by four shots after posting a superb eight-under 64 at the Gary Player Country Club, registering eight birdies in his bogey-free round.

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. I would certainly have taken that on Thursday morning.

Oostuizen who carded a five-under 67 to be on eight-under‚ a shot off Garcia‚ would have been in the lead had it not been for the only blemish on his card - a double bogey six on the eighth.

Finn Mikko Korhonen is just three behind in solo third after a 70 with Lowry lurking ominously, tied for fourth with South Africa's Dylan Frittelli and English pair Aaron Rai and Lee Westwood on four-under.

"I'm rolling the ball well but some of those putts aren't going in".

"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.

"This tricky wind moved all over the place, and on one hole you could have three or four different winds".

"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. And I feel like my game is really right on the verge".

South Africa's defending champion Branden Grace is at two under, along with New Zealand's Ryan Fox, while world No.6 Rory McIlroy is a further two shots back.

"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".