Sunshine Tour

Harding aims to continue momentum ahead of SA Open

2018-12-05 15:07
Justin Harding
Justin Harding (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Justin Harding is out to keep his energy on the 'front foot' ahead of the South African Open at Randpark Golf Club this week.

Harding impressed at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open this past weekend, finishing fourth as America's Kurt Kitayama won at Anahita.

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2018 has been a breakthrough year for the 32-year-old South African.

In July earlier this year, Harding received an invitation to play in the Indonesia Open by virtue of his back-to-back Sunshine Tour wins.

The South African star went on to win in Indonesia and subsequently took up Asian Tour membership.

Harding won the Royal Cup a fortnight later, becoming the first golfer in Asian Tour history to win twice in his first two starts.

Harding, who is 81st in the world rankings, is currently top of the Sunshine Tour's Order of Merit and third in the Asian Tour's Order of Merit standings.

Speaking ahead of this week's prestigious SA Open, Harding revealed that he is looking forward to battling it out against a competitive field in Johannesburg.

"I'm looking forward to it, it's a big field and tough event. They're good golf courses Firethorn and Bushwillow, they're both really are good golf courses. The one is a bit more gimmicky and strategic off the tee. Firethorn is just the bigger golf course, if you play well you can shoot a lot of great numbers," Harding told Sport24 in Mauritius.

"I'm just going to see if I can continue going forward. It's going to be a busy month for me, but it's one of those when you're playing well, you always want to be playing.

"It's kind of like you're missing opportunities every now and then so I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be nice. I'm just hoping that the momentum continues, I seemed to lose it this past weekend but it is what it is," said Harding.

"We'll see if we can put a couple of rounds together come the SA Open and see what happens."

The SA Open gets under way at Johannesburg's Randpark Golf Club from Thursday.


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