Garcia sets pace at Sun City with faultless 64

McIlroy is aiming to win the Race to Dubai for the fourth time

"It was one of those rounds where things happened nicely to me", Garcia told reporters. It's not ideal to see three-putts, but some of the pins were nearly impossible to get to and when you leave yourself 20 or 25 feet putting over hills then it is going to happen sometimes.

While Garcia bogeyed three of his last six holes, Oosthuizen came home in 32, with that eagle and two birdies on his back nine. "I would have taken it if you offered it to me on Thursday morning".

He then finished well after a bogey at the eighth by following a birdie four at the 14th with a par save from 15 feet at the 16th and an impressive closing birdie from just eight feet.

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.

Back to South Africa, where Garcia's lead was the biggest first-round advantage since Arjun Atwal led by four at the Mauritius Open last November.

But an eagle on the 10th and birdies on 14 and 15 elevated the 2010 Open Championship victor up the leaderboard on a hard day for scoring with a swirling breeze. "It's never easy, but I've done it before so hopefully, I can do it again", said Grace.

"Making a good start is key on this course and I only made one bogey, on eight, when the wind turned, I actually hit a good shot but it was way short".

"I'm rolling the ball well but some of those putts aren't going in".

"So I tried a bit too much and pushed it to the right". It's the first tournament that I came to watch live and watch my heroes play.

"Everything's good, the game is on the money, and it is about as good as I have ever played", he said after his 68.

The Dubliner felt his back go as he practised at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona yesterday and may not be able to join Tramore's Robin Dawson and Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin at the Lakes Course for today's first round of the six-round race to finish in the top 25 and ties.

"I have not been putting myself in positions off the tee to give myself chances with irons to get close enough to have a good look at birdies", he said.

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