Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Form Garcia dazzles in Sun City

Form Garcia dazzles in Sun City

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.

He whispered to Player as he handed the crystal trophy back to the tournament host in a televised ceremony on Tuesday: "Hopefully we can keep it in South Africa again this week".

McIlroy's front nine was promising with three birdies offset by just a single bogey, at the par-four third when his ball plugged just below the lip of a greenside bunker.

Fellow Kiwi Danny Lee was also in action, carding a six-under 65 to grab a share of fourth in the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico. His round was highlighted by holing a lengthy putt on 17.

Rory McIlroy's mission to hit the jackpot in Sun City and so give himself a fighting chance of lifting a fourth Race to Dubai crown next week suffered a poor start as he fell eight behind runaway pacesetter Sergio Garcia. He ended the day in a tie for 21st.

Eighth-placed McIlroy is nearly £1.75m behind Molinari in the Race to Dubai with the Italian set to take a lead of just under £1m from Ryder Cup partner and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood into the concluding event.

That makes it likely that next week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai will be a shootout between Race to Dubai leader Francesco Molinari and his Ryder Cup teammate Tommy Fleetwood for Europe's top golfer of 2018. He began with a birdie and twice reeled off three in a row.

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"It's going to be tough, there's no doubt about that", Garcia said. "I'm going to see if I can shoot below 70 and see if that's good enough".

"It's the first tournament that I came to watch live and watch my heroes play", Schwartzel said.

"I felt I played nicely today but I would love a few of those putts to go in tomorrow".

"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".

The 38-year-old Garcia is seeking a second straight victory after winning last month's Andalucia Valderrama Masters, which his foundation sponsors.

"I'm coming here with the goal that if I can get into that final group on Thursday with Frankie next week, that would be a good start", said McIlroy, who has not won a European Tour event since the 2016 Irish Open.

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