Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
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Jason Scrivener Starts Well In Important Week At Sun City

Jason Scrivener Starts Well In Important Week At Sun City

Sergio Garcia held on to his lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player, as Louis Oosthuizen impressed on home soil. Also in that group is Lee Westwood (69), a two-time victor at Sun City. "I think I played very smart, 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".

"This tricky wind moved all over the place, and on one hole you could have three or four different winds". "When you can do that here, it's nice to be able to shoot a score like this".

"I'm going to need some great golf over the next two weeks, but we'll see what happens this week".

"Like I said earlier, it's very important to keep the ball in play as much as possible here and that's what I was trying to do when I didn't feel comfortable with the driver, because if it got too narrow, I hit something less than that and tried to play the hole maybe a little bit tougher and realise those things".

"It's been a frustrating couple of days", confessed McIlroy, who is tied for 19th on one-under par. The West Waterford man (31) added a three-over 74 to his opening 72, racking up a quadruple-bogey eight at his ninth hole, the 18th, to finish well down the leaderboard on four-over at El Camaleon Golf Club.

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.

"I think the course will suit me pretty well".

In nine previous appearances at Sun City, 2011 Masters champion Schwartzel has had five top-10 finishes, including being runner-up to German Martin Kaymer in 2012. "I kept it under control and guessed some of the winds right, which is always hard here".

"It was very hard this morning, the wind was blowing a lot and the first few holes were straight into it".

"I need to tidy up my game off the tee, and then if I do that, you can give yourself a lot of chances around here, but you need to get the ball in the fairway first".

South Africa's defending champion Branden Grace is at two under, along with New Zealand's Ryan Fox, while world No.6 Rory McIlroy is a further two shots back.

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