Hot Harding co-leads in Mauritius

1st December 2018 | Sunshine Tour

Hot Harding co-leads in Mauritius

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Hot Harding co-leads in Mauritius

Justin Harding played himself to a share of the lead in round three of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open when he carded an unblemished eight-under-par 64 at Four Season Golf Club at Anahita on Saturday.

He joined overnight leader Kurt Kitayama of the United States who shot two-under in round three to total 16-under-par ahead of the final round in Mauritius.

“I got off to a good start,” he acknowledged, “and, it was just more about making some good putts there and at the end of the day I did the job, hey, put myself in a decent position to get the result tomorrow. I certainly gave myself a few chances.”

He made par on his opening hole and followed that up with a hat-trick of birdies before making another crucial par on the par-three fifth hole. Two more birdies got onto his card on the sixth and eighth holes as he went out in 31.

“I feel like I have a really good putter in my hands where if I roll a couple of good putts anything can happen,” said Harding. “It was a tough day starting out but I got off to a hot start. I felt like I should have birdied the first 10 holes. It’s one of those where you just had some good numbers and I made some good swings.”

He was just as solid on the homeward stretch, picking up birdies on the 11th and the par-five 13th and 18th holes to sign for a 64 as he targets his fifth win of the season. He has won twice on the Sunshine Tour while claiming the same number of victories on the Asian Tour.

“Without a doubt (my best tournament round on the Sunshine Tour),” he noted, “I really felt like I played pretty well today. I had good control, especially in the first 10, 13 holes. I kind of felt like I could birdie every hole out there.

It just felt like I could be a little bit more aggressive with the flag today, and I mean, that’s golf sometimes. Sometimes you play a round of golf and you feel like everything looks good. I mean, I walked on to the green and thought that I had a good line and everything and they should all go in.”

Sharing the third spot behind Harding and Kitayama was Masahiro Kawamura of Japan, Matthieu Pavon of France and India’s Chikkarangappa S who are all three shots behind ahead of the final round.

Victor Perez occupies the sixth spot on 12-under while Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan sits seventh on the leaderboard on 11-under-par for the tournament. Oliver Bekker, Grant Forrest of Scotland, France’s Clement Sordet and Germany’s Max Schmitt share the eighth spot on 10-under-par.

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