Jared enjoys second win

Jared Harvey took top honours at Gary Player Country Club on Friday, claiming his second victory in as many tournaments on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour.

“It’s a great feeling to have two wins under my belt. The rookies always struggle with their sense of belonging on the tour, and this has just shown me what I can achieve,” he said.

The champion was in a class of his own at Sun City, reaching six-under-par in 36 holes for a five-stroke victory over runner-up Attie Schwartzel, the only other player to finish below par.

Harvey, who won at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club two weeks ago, continued to shine through to this week. An opening 67 meant that it was really his to lose on the final day, and that was something he didn’t do.

“I just tried to feed off my win at Royal East,” he said. “That was a hard mental barrier, because with a first win you have your doubts. That experience helped me stay in the moment today, and the stretch felt fine even though the pressure was at its highest.

“I put myself into such a great position with yesterday’s round. Today I knew that somewhere around par would be good enough, and that just helped me to stay focused.”

The Mount Edgecombe Country Club representative was optimistic about the future and said: “I feel like all aspects of my game are working well. It’s nice to have that sort of confidence, and it just makes golf that much easier. It’s a tough game, and when you have that inner confidence it becomes enjoyable to play, and that’s where I am.

“Hopefully I’ll take some of this form on to the main tour. There’s not much to lose now, because I’ve pretty much sewed up my spot in the Tour Championship with these two wins. And that means in the last few events I can really just go for it.”

The next stop on the Big Easy Tour is Maccauvlei Golf Club. It’s Schwartzel’s home course, and his second-place finish this week is the perfect buildup to the tournament. The 24-year-old has finished in second place twice now, and will surely hunt a win on home soil.

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