Garcia dominant on Day 1 at Nedbank Golf Challenge

Published 10:47 a.m. ET Nov. 8, 2018 | Updated 12:10 p.m. ET Nov. 8, 2018

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Sergio Garcia flew into a four-shot lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge after an 8-under 64 on Thursday secured the biggest first-round advantage on the European Tour for a year.

Garcia, twice a Sun City winner before the Nedbank became part of the tour, made eight birdies in a brilliant start to the penultimate tournament of the season to move four strokes clear of Charl Schwartzel, Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Mikko Korhonen at the Gary Player Country Club.

The lead was the biggest first-round advantage since Arjun Atwal led by four at the Mauritius Open last November.

Rory McIlroy, one of five players with a chance of being crowned European No. 1 at the end of the season, shot a level-par 72 after a double-bogey six on his second-to-last hole spoiled his round.

McIlroy missed the fairway off the tee on No. 17 and then found a bunker. He ended the day in a tie for 21st.

Li Haotong, who can also win the Race to Dubai at next week’s Tour Championship, carded a 71.

A third player capable of ending the year as Europe’s No. 1, Lucas Bjerregaard, was 3-over.

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