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Harding wins Zambia Open

2012-06-17 17:39

Johannesburg - Justin Harding shot a final-round of 68 to win the Zambia Open at the Lusaka Golf Club on Sunday, finishing two shots clear of his nearest rival in the R1.2m tournament.

The 26-year-old began his round one stroke clear of the field and stretched his lead throughout the day, reaching 12-under-par and coasting to his third Sunshine Tour win.

Harding said he was pleased with the manner in which he won in Zambia.

"I managed to keep it together," he said.

"At the beginning of the day I knew that if I could shoot a round under par I would have a chance. It was awesome walking up there [the 18th green] and seeing the crowds.

"I've been working on keeping cool, calm and collected."

Throughout the week the Cape Town local looked comfortable in windy conditions, breaking par on all four days at Lusaka.

Harding shot a 69 on Saturday to head into the last round at seven-under, a stroke clear of Divan van den Heever.

Harding added that he was happy with how he had been hitting his strokes.

"If you just put it in play around this golf course then it is playable," he said.

"I played the par-fives relatively well. The greens are good and I made my fair share of putts today, which hasn't happened in a while."

His closest chaser, Van den Heever shot a disappointing 75 on day one, but salvaged his chances with a second-round 70.

Van den Heever shot a 68 on Saturday, and 69 on Sunday to secure sole second.

Sunshine Tour veteran Des Terblanche shot the round of the day, with a 67 to finish tied for third -- along with JG Claassen -- at nine-under-par.

Terblanche said he was impressed by the tough conditions out there at the Lusake course.

"The wind has been blowing for four days straight. It becomes difficult and players start making stupid mistakes because you make swing changes," Terblanche said.

"It's a great course and a great layout. It's very tough, so it has a US Open type of feeling.

There are some flags you can't go for. I don't think we get enough of that on our tour, so this week was very good.

Scores (RSA unless otherwise specified):

280 - Justin Harding  71 72 69 68
282 - Divan van den Heever  75 70 68 69
283 - Des Terblanche  70 73 73 67, JG Claassen  69 73 73 68
286 - Dean Burmester  73 73 71 69, Oliver Bekker  70 76 69 71, Chris Erasmus  68 70 76 72
287 - Prinavin Nelson  74 72 76 65, Daniel Greene  72 71 73 71
288 - Colin Nel  71 75 71 71, PH McIntyre  75 67 74 72
289 - Titch Moore  74 72 74 69, Albert Pistorius  73 72 72 72, Jake Roos  73 73 71 72, Anthony Michael  68 72 76 73, Brandon Pieters  77 71 68 73,Charl Coetzee  69 75 71 74, Jake Redman  72 73 70 74
290 - Thabo Maseko  75 74 73 68, Andrew Georgiou  72 67 79 72, Omar Sandys  74 72 69 75
291 - Attie Schwartzel  76 72 74 69, Matthew Carvell  71 74 74 72, Riekus Nortje  73 75 71 72, Louis de Jager  77 72 70 72,Ulrich van den Berg  71 75 72 73, Doug McGuigan  69 76 72 74
292 - Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 71 75 74 72, Jared Harvey  74 71 77 70
293 - Alan Michell  71 76 74 72, Merrick Bremner  70 74 76 73, Lean Boezaart  74 75 73 71, Morne Buys  72 73 74 74, Martin du Toit  74 72 73 74,Teboho Sefatsa  74 74 70 75, Micky Hough (ZIM) 75 74 74 70, David Ryan  73 72 72 76, Mark Fensham  73 72 69 79
294 - Ryan Thompson  75 73 73 73, David Hewan  71 77 73 73, Divan Gerber  74 74 71 75, Derik Ferreira  74 73 76 71,Francois Coetzee  69 77 77 71
295 - JJ Senekal  69 73 79 74, Andre Cruse  78 70 69 78
296 - Lindani Ndwandwe  73 75 74 74, Christiaan Basson  72 74 76 74, Jacques Blaauw  70 75 77 74, Jean Hugo  75 74 74 73,Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 78 71 77 70
297 - Andrew Curlewis  68 77 76 76, Dean O'Riley  73 75 75 74, Derick Petersen  71 75 77 74, Drikus van der Walt  72 76 77 72,Ryan Tipping  73 73 79 72
298 - Ben Mannix (ENG) 72 71 78 77, Louis Calitz  75 69 78 76, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 70 77 76 75, Michael Hollick  74 72 79 73
299 - Keenan Davidse  73 76 73 77, Allan Versfeld  76 73 77 73
301 - Thomas Lovett  73 73 74 81, Danie van Tonder  73 74 77 77, Michael du Toit  73 76 76 76
302 - Desvonde Botes  73 73 79 77
305 - James Kamte  72 77 73 83

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