“You know in the back of your mind that you’re there, that you can go that one step further. You’re so close that there’s nothing that should hold you back from crossing that line, and that’s my motivation,” he said.
Adding to the intensity of the tournament is the modified stableford scoring system that promotes aggressive golf. The format awards points as follows: eight for an albatross, five for an eagle and two for a birdie. Zero points are awarded for a par, while one point is deducted for a bogey and three for a double bogey or worse. Topping off the R1.2-million tournament is a new bonus of R50 000 to the player who makes the most points each day. Risk and reward is a huge factor this week and the professionals will be inspired to go for glory.
Last year Harvey birdied two of the last three holes of regulation play during the final round in Swaziland to match the leading total of 48 points, which meant extra holes would determine the winner. The 26-year-old faced off against Jacques Blaauw and Danie van Tonder, the latter of whom birdied the first extra hole to win.
Harvey is the lone man of the three playoff contenders from 2014 who will tee up at the Investec Royal Swazi Open this week, with the other two competing at the inaugural Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open.
The Durbanite has a real chance to claim his maiden title this week, and with the added incentives he’ll surely come out firing.
Divan Gerber showed the value of attacking the course when he collected an impressive 20-point total to lead the pre-tournament qualifier on Tuesday. The Big Easy Tour graduate made nine birdies and an eagle during the round to claim the first of 15 places on offer.