Rookie Jared Harvey looked deadly as he dispatched of Dean Burmester 4&3 during round three of the ISPS Handa SA Match Play Championship on Thursday.
ÂFrom the get-go I could see that Dean wasnÂt on his game, and I took advantage of that,Â said Harvey. ÂI knew with his length that I needed to get off to a good start, because if he started swinging nicely I could be on the back foot very quickly. I managed to get off to a great start.Â
The 24-year-old won five holes over the first nine at Zwartkop Country Club to turn 5-up. HeÂs had two dog fights getting to round three, and wasnÂt too sure how to handle such a huge lead.
ÂI swung nicely for the first nine. My first two games went to 22 holes and 18 holes, so it was a tough mental adjustment to be 5-up through the turn. It all struck me when I was coming down 11, and I was actually battling to get over the line. I started playing too defensively and started letting him in. It was my bad play and nerves that took a bit off my lead, but I got it done eventually,Â he said.
Despite his two Big Easy Tour wins, Harvey has not been a favourite this week. He has learnt a lot already, and will take plenty of confidence into the final 16 matchup tomorrow.
ÂIÂve been the underdog for most of this week, because IÂm a rookie. It gives you a lot of confidence to see the older statesmen and the more established players sweat a bit against you. It gives you an inner confidence, knowing that itÂs your game causing that,Â he said.