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NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE HOSTED BY GARY PLAYER
Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa 08 Nov 2018 - 11 Nov 2018
Friday, 09 November 2018
Louis Oosthuizen on Day Two at the 2018 Nedbank Challenge  (Getty Images)
Louis Oosthuizen on Day Two at the 2018 Nedbank Challenge (Getty Images)

Louis Oosthuizen would love to become the sixth home winner of the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player after putting himself right into contention heading into the weekend in Sun City.

The 2010 Open Championship winner followed up his opening 69 with a 67 at Gary Player Country Club to sit just a shot behind leader Sergio Garcia at the seventh Rolex Series event of the season.

Victory on Sunday would be his ninth on the European Tour and his first in a Rolex Series event as he tackles a course where he has a good record.

The 36 year old has not finished lower then 14th in the five years since the event joined the European Tour International Schedule and he would love to join a list of winners that includes fellow South African Major Champions Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman.

“It would mean a lot,” he said. “It's a golf course I really enjoy playing and in front of the home crowd will be pretty special.

“I'm very excited. I've got quite a few friends and family here and obviously the home crowd behind me. It should be fun playing tomorrow.

“I need a good, solid round tomorrow. I don't have to really attack or do anything crazy, but just a solid round to put me in a good spot for Sunday.”

Oosthuizen was three under for his second round until he sent his tee-shot right on the eighth for a double-bogey but he regained the shots on the tenth as a stunning second set up an eagle.

Further birdies on the 14th and 15th got him to eight under and he was pleased with his week's work so far.

“I feel like I'm hitting it good off the tee,” he said. “I'm finding the fairways and my iron play has been good for a while.

“I'm doing everything good, I'm just not making those putts that look like they are going in. I'm hitting very good putts, I haven't hit many bad putts this week, you just need those putts to go in to win events.”

Mikko Korhonen was two shots behind Oosthuizen after producing a gutsy 70 to follow up an opening 68.

After two early birdies, bogeys on the fifth, seventh and eighth stalled his progress but the Finn hit back with gains on the tenth, 14th and 15th.

"We guessed the wind wrong a couple times there because it's coming from everywhere,” he said. “Playing in the last group is always a little bit more exciting but it's a good day.

“I got it back on track, that was a good thing, a nice back nine. I hit a couple of good shots there.”

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WESTWOOD, LeeENG18-15
2GARCIA, SergioESP18-12
3OOSTHUIZEN, LouisRSA18-11
4FISHER, RossENG18-8
T5LI, HaotongCHN18-7
T5WALLACE, MattENG18-7

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