“I’m happy to be thereabouts on the leaderboard and having played so much golf in the Western Cape, it certainly feels close to home. If you put yourself in position on fairways and greens then you should be in with a shout this week,” he said.
Tied at the top on five-under-par were Andrew Curlewis and Englishman Henry Featherstone, but Harding was ready to take them on in the final round on Saturday.
“Today the scores are better, because there is no wind,” said Harding. “It’s a challenging track and tee to green is good. There is a lot of shape to these holes and you’ve got to know where you’re going.”
The Stellenbosch local made the most of benign conditions on Friday and carded 68 to reach the 36-hole mark on four-under-par. He was right in the mix ahead and in good shape ahead of the final 18.
“When the wind blows you know where it’s going, which is why I like to play with it more than when it’s calm. It makes things a bit different with the wind not blowing, but it was a good day and I plodded along nicely,” he said.
Curlewis teed off in the morning and, despite battling with illness, was able to card 66 and set the clubhouse lead on five-under.
“I’m just getting over some flu at the moment, so today was a little unexpected. It was quite a grind out there, but I managed to make a few greens and some putts dropped,” he said.
Featherstone tied the lead later in the day after carding 33 on each nine.
“I’ve certainly played in similar conditions back home in England, so that helps, but today was just a solid round of golf. I’ve just returned from a trip home where I did some work on my swing and it’s clearly making a difference,” he said.