Garcia started the second spherical with a four-shot lead after a gap 64, however may solely handle a 1-under 71 to maneuver to 9-under at a course he’s received twice on. The 2017 Masters winner received the 2001 and 2003 Nedbank earlier than it turned a European Tour occasion.
“The course is hard,” stated Garcia, who had 5 birdies and 4 bogeys. “It’s not day by day you’re going to go on the market and shoot 64, it doesn’t work like that.
“Three three-putts isn’t perfect however on these greens it will probably occur. They’re so fast and a number of the pins are so tucked near the perimeters that it’s troublesome to hit it near them.
“Simply because I shot eight beneath on the primary day doesn’t imply you are able to do it day by day. It’s a troublesome golf course.
“I stayed optimistic, I stayed calm. I needed to shoot one thing under 70 and I felt like I had an opportunity of doing it, sadly it didn’t work out however we’re nonetheless within the lead.”
Oosthuizen acquired into rivalry with a 5-under-par 67 that included 5 birdies and an eagle, however a double bogey on the eighth marred his card. The 2010 Open Championship winner is on the lookout for his first victory for the reason that 2016 ISPA Handa Perth Worldwide.
“I hit a pleasant putt on one and hit a very good chip on two and acquired my spherical going, Oosthuizen stated. “In order that’s a begin you dream of and it’s simply making an attempt to maintain that momentum going is at all times powerful round this monitor.
“You’ll be able to have all of the course information on this planet right here and it’s not going to make a distinction. The wind is swirling all over. It’s powerful tee photographs, whether or not you’ve performed right here many occasions earlier than or the primary time right here.
“I’m very excited. I’ve acquired fairly a couple of family and friends right here and clearly the house crowd behind me. It ought to be enjoyable enjoying tomorrow.”
Rory McIlory matched Garcia’s 71 to be 1-under by way of 36 holes, eight photographs off the lead.