“On 13 I was debating between and eight or seven iron for my second, which means that my drive there was between 360 and 370 metres,” said Jared Harvey after his third round at the South African Open Championship on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is fast becoming one of the biggest hitters on the Sunshine Tour and his trusty driver led the way to seven top-10s last year. His game has been on point at Glendower Golf Club this week and the Durbanite ready to seal off his national open with a big finish.
“When I first started playing and got into these events it was survival of the cut. Get through and that’s a bonus. I’ve played an odd couple of SA Opens now and now the goal is to start finishing up there,” he said.
Harvey has matured since he first played the SA Open as an amateur in 2011. That year he made the cut at Serengeti Golf Estate and finished in a share of 63rd.
This week’s going into Sunday tied for fifth place.
“I’m just going to try to run with last season and keep improving. I think it was steady progress last year. My goal this year is to win. I’ve had a couple of seconds and a lot of top five finishes. The big goals this season are to win and do well in the co-sanctioned events,” he said.
The Mount Edgecombe Country Club player is now in his fourth year on tour and wants to make his experience count.
“It’s quite a mental change playing co-sanctioned events compared to our regular ones. European players are there for a reason.
“You need self belief when things go wrong. In our regular events if I have a bad week I feel like there is always next week. These big tournaments don’t come around too often, so you want to make a claim,” he said.