Louis Oosthuizen shoots 67th to Sergio Garcia in Sun City


Louis Oosthuizen looks on Friday at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Photo: Christiaan Kotze / EPA

SUN CITY – South Africa Louis Oosthuizen used Sergio Garcia on Friday at the Gary Player Country Club to fight against the home team on Friday at 67 and moved to one of the halftime at Nedbankov Golf.

Oosthuizen placed the eighth hole three times for the second time in a row when he made a double bogey, but five birds and eagle saw that he reached 36 holes in eight sub-pairs 136.

"You know, the eighth hole, I do not feel that I have a real club for this hole to go," he said.

"I want to hit with three-iron, but it's probably the narrowest part of the waterway you want to reach three-iron and you're trying to reach it far.

"It's just a tough ball in the eye, and I have to do it tomorrow."

Garcia, however, still plays a leading role, and the Spanish champion from 2001 and 2003 is nothing if he does not witness the game, which he says plays very difficult.

The 2017 Masters Champion boarded one under 71, with three bogeys along the way to go with the one who made it on the heels, which was the first in his week.

"Of course it's hard," he said. "We do not go out every day and shoot 64. It does not work that way.

"I feel like I've played very well, obviously three tri-putts, it's never ideal, but these greens can happen. They are so fast and some pins are facing the edges so it's hard to hit them close.

"But, you know, besides this, it seemed to me that I played well all day. I stayed positive. I stayed calm and only a shame that I wanted to shoot something under 70.

"I felt like I had the chance to do it. Unfortunately, we did not succeed, but we are still in the lead."

For Oosthuizen things really went. "I'm not looking at the shot I hit on eight, I feel I'm hitting it with tee," he said.

"I found the waterways and my game with iron was good for some time. I'm doing everything well.

"I just do not make those who look like they're going in. I'm getting very good spots. I did not hit a lot of bad spots this week. You only need those that you want to include in the events."

Finnish Miko Korhonen kicked out a two-pairing pair 70, which went to third place, two for Oosthuizen.

And two more shots were a group of four players in four stages, which is only five times the result.

Dylan Frittelli of South Africa, Aaron Rai, Irish Shane Lowry and Lee Westwood from England, twice in the Sun City.

Defending Champion Branden Grace was once again at the top of the triangular point half way, and was by no means disheartened by his 71 fight.

"I did not miss three orts and three shoes, which is pretty expensive," Grace said. "This can turn a big circle into an average circle as it did at the end of the day. But I'm still in."

Also Oosthuizen. "Tomorrow I need a good, solid circle," he said.

"I do not have to really attack or do anything crazy, but only a solid circle to put me on a good site on Sunday. I'm very excited.

I have quite a few friends and families here, and I'm obviously home to the crowd. Tomorrow it would be fun to play. "

Main points after the second round:

135 – Sergio Garcia 64 71

136 – Louis Oosthuizen 69 67

138 – Mikko Korhonen 68 70

140 – Dylan Frittelli 73 67, Aaron Rai 72 68, Shane Lowry 71 69, Lee Westwood 71 69

141 – Darren Fichardt 74 67, Haotong Li 71 70, Andrea Pavan 71 70, Thomas Detry 75 66, Branden Grace 70 71, Matt Wallace 69 72, Mike Lorenzo-Vera 68 73

142 – Andrew Johnston 73 69, Julien Guerrier 74 68, Matthew Fitzpatrick 71 71, Ashun Wu 69 73

143 – Renato Paratore 72 71, Rory McIlroy 72 71, Matthias Schwab 72 71, Dean Burmester 72 71, Ross Fisher 71 72, Ryan Fox 70 73, Andy Sullivan 69 74

144 – Pablo Larrazabal 74 70, Nicolas Colsaerts 75 69, Benjamin Hebert 69 75

145 – Brandon Stone 74 71, Sam Horsfield 73 72, Lucas Bjerregaard 75 70, Gavin Green 75 70, Oliver Fisher 75 70, Lucas Herbert 76 69, Jason Scrivener 69 76, Martin Kaymer 76 69

146 – Padraig Harrington 73 73, Adrian Otaegui 74 72, Maximilian Kieffer 75 71, Joakim Lagergren 72 74, Tom Lewis 75 71, Richard Sterne 77 69, Erik van Rooyen 77 69, Charl Schwartzel 68 78

African News Agency (ANA)

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