Perth - South Africa's Justin Harding is ready for
another wild ride as he makes his debut at the World Super 6 Perth,
which starts on Thursday.
As the highest ranked player in the field this week, the world No 65
admits he is feeling the pressure of living up to his ranking but is also
hoping to soak in as much fun as he can at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
"It adds a little bit of pressure, knowing
you are the highest ranked player this week. But I guess it's a
testament to the fact I've been playing really decent golf lately. It's
nice to be in the featured pairings, getting on TV, having the home
support back home as they can watch it live and sweat it out with me.
It's good fun," said Harding.
The South African, who just celebrated his 33rd birthday last Saturday,
has been enjoying a splendid run since he burst onto the scene on the Asian
Tour last July.
"I've been playing good golf and making fewer mistakes. This has been
key for me for the last 12 months. It just about trying to keep
yourself in the tournament for as long as possible. I'm getting closer
to WGCs and the Majors. It's a matter of doing what I've been doing and
seeing what happens. Things will take care of themselves if I continue
to post good results," said Harding.
Harding's breakthrough in Indonesia was the catalyst that saw him going
on to notch another win in Thailand a fortnight later before securing another
four top-10s to end the year in third place on the money list.
2019 with a tied-seventh finish in Dubai, a tied-14th place in Saudi Arabia,
and a fourth-place finish in Melbourne last week.
"A win would have got me into the WGC next week
and I'm hoping for something similar or maybe a chance to lift the
trophy this week. This week is an interesting week itself with the match
play on Sunday," said Harding.
Thailand's Poom Saksansin is hoping to continue where he left off after
closing his 2018 Asian Tour season in style by winning the Tour's season-finale
in Jakarta last December.
The Thai's match play record is exemplary with his high profile scalps
at the EurAsia Cup last year and is optimistic his recent swing change will set
him on his way to the Sunday showdown.
Australia's Lucas Herbert, who lost in the semi-finals to eventual
winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat last year, is meanwhile looking to make amends,
given his proud record at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.