Kempton Park – A bonus birdie on the 18th on Saturday in the third
round of the Tour Championship being played at Serengeti Estates gave Justin
Harding a two-stroke edge as he heads into the final round of the Sunshine
Tour’s season-ending tournament.
battling to find the right distances with his irons all day, his approach on
the final hole was good enough to see him card a six-under-par 66, and, at
16-under at halfway, pull clear of Darren Fichardt who signed for a 68.
on 18, funnily enough, came from the first time I had a good number the whole
day," laughed Harding.
"It was just a nice little sawn-off nine-iron. I could
go at the pin. The wind was in my favour and I made a good putt."
started solidly enough with a birdie on the opening hole, but a bogey on the
par-five third threatened to set him back. It did no such thing, however, and
he made six more birdies in a round that looked solid, despite his professed
troubles with his irons.
feel as if I had it swing-wise, but I kind of got it around," he said.
a couple of clutch par-saves on 14 and 15 which kept the round together. I was
over the green on 14 because I wasn’t swinging it that well. I couldn’t seem to
get good yardages with my irons, and I kept finding myself in between clubs.
And then I finally hit one straight over the flag and it was the wrong club.
That was a good putt, and it kind of kept the momentum going. I made another
good par-save on 15, then I put a couple of good swings together coming in."
looked the part the whole week, and the only blemish on his card came when he
gave his par putt on the 13th just a little too much and it lipped
out. That drop put Harding one clear, and Fichardt was unable to pull it back
down the stretch.
pair lurks Dean Burmester, who gave notice of his intentions with a
five-under-par 67 to move to 13-under for the tournament, and three off the
lead. After an early birdie, he made bogey on the fourth, but he pulled things
back nicely with an eagle on eight and three more birdies on the homeward nine.
Bekker and Trevor Fisher Jnr also each shot 67, and they shared fourth place on
11-under, just five off the pace and very much in contention ahead of the final
200 - Justin Harding 69 65 66
202 - Darren
Fichardt 68 66 68
203 - Dean
Burmester 68 68 67
205 - Oliver
Bekker 70 68 67, Trevor Fisher Jnr 71 67 67
207 - Jbe'
Kruger 69 67 71
209 - Neil
Schietekat 67 70 72
211 - JC
Ritchie 71 72 68, Tyrone Ferreira 72 70 69, Rourke van der
Spuy 70 71 70
212 - Tyrone
Ryan 78 66 68, Alex Haindl 72 68 72, Rhys Enoch 72 66
213 - Hennie
du Plessis 73 72 68, Jean Hugo 73 69 71, Peter
Karmis 72 67 74, JJ Senekal 71 67 75
214 - Zack
Byrd 73 69 72, Justin Walters 72 70 72, MJ Viljoen 71
215 - Jared
Harvey 71 76 68, Hennie Otto 73 70 72
216 - Ulrich
van den Berg 72 70 74, Anthony Michael 73 68 75, Breyten
Meyer 72 68 76
217 - Jean-Paul
Strydom 72 72 73, Jake Roos 76 68 73, Vaughn
Groenewald 76 67 74
218 - Jaco
Prinsloo 75 72 71