Garcia claims narrow lead in Sun City

Sergio Garcia claimed a narrow lead after the delayed first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge was completed in Sun City on Friday.

Sergio Garcia of Spain with his friend Katharina

Garcia carded a six-under-par 66 to lead by one shot from fellow Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Wales' Jamie Donaldson, with Luke Donald and local favourite Charl Schwartzel a shot further back.

Donald had led on five under after 11 holes when play was abandoned for the day on Thursday after a second thunderstorm hit the course, the former world number one having raced to the turn in 31 with an eagle and three birdies.

The 35-year-old was unable to maintain such form when play resumed at 7:30am local time on Friday, the players observing a minute's silence and wearing black ribbons as a mark of respect following the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

A bogey on the 16th was Donald's only deviation from par, allowing Ryder Cup team-mate Garcia to take over at the top of the leaderboard thanks to a strong finish.

Garcia had been one over par after six holes, but picked up seven birdies in his next 11 holes to boost his chances of winning the title for a third time.



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