SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Sergio Garcia barely held onto his lead as Louis Oosthuizen’s second-round charge took him to within a shot of the Spaniard at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Friday.
Garcia’s 1-under 71 moved him to 9 under 135 overall, but his four-shot advantage from the first day disappeared as Oosthuizen (67) made an eagle and five birdies at Gary Player Country Club.
While Garcia bogeyed three of his last six holes, Oosthuizen came home in 32, with that eagle and two birdies on his back nine.
Garcia is seeking a third Nedbank title but first since 2003. Oosthuizen, who is from South Africa, has never won his country’s most prestigious tournament.
Mikko Korhonen (70) was third at 6 under, two behind Oosthuizen and three off the lead.
Rory McIlroy, who is still in the running to win the Race to Dubai and end the season as European No. 1, is tied for 19th after a 71. McIlroy must win at least one of the final two events of the season, the Nedbank and next weekend’s DP World Tour Championship, to have a chance of overhauling Race to Dubai leader Francesco Molinari, who isn’t…