Garcia’s lead in Sun City cut to 1 by Oosthuizen

South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen

Sergio Garcia held on to his lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player, as Louis Oosthuizen impressed on home soil.

Sergio Garcia leads the Nedbank Golf Challenge by four shots after posting a superb eight-under 64 on the opening day in Sun City, South Africa.

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel is one of three second-placed players on four under, along with Finn Mikko Korhonen and Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera. There are still two days to go and I am leading, so I am still in a great spot.

While the two-time Sun City champion put his good fortune down to the vagaries of the wind not punishing him and some "bonus putts", his round on a first visit to Sun City since 2013 was remarkable.

"It was good the first few holes today, but I was very scrappy on the way in". You have long holes and small greens.

"It was one of those rounds where things happened nicely to me". I feel like I'm playing nicely, I'm just trying to hit the fairways and the irons feel pretty good. I've improved my world ranking since the start of the year and I have a chance to get back into the top five this week and next week, and it would be a solid year. Rory McIlroy was only marginally better and his round of 73 leaves him at even par for the tournament. But Grace's victory last year ended a gap of 10 years between his triumph and that of the last South African victor before him, namely Trevor Immelman in 2007.

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But after birdieing the par-four 13th, the four-time major victor twice drove into the bushes, leading to sixes at the par-five 14th and the par-four 17th. The driver let me down a couple of times which left me out of position and led to a couple of big numbers.

McIlroy, ranked sixth in the world, said: "I need to tidy up my game off the tee".

"It's a tournament I've always wanted to play as a kid, and I came here plenty of times with the family to watch", van Rooyen said.

"It wouldn't have been the year that I would have envisioned at the start but you're not going to have those years every single year that you play. It's been a very hard year, so it is nice to play at home - that builds confidence and I'll probably see some results soon".

"I managed to guess some of the winds here right and that is very, very hard. It's never easy, but I've done it before so hopefully I can do it again", said Grace.

Defending champion Branden Grace of South Africa opened with a 70.

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