A 10-man playoff for nine places at the Alfred Dunhill Championship took place at Irene Country Club yesterday, but Jared Harvey stood high and dry above the showdown after carding 65 to win the pre-qualifier.
Professionals often make birdie runs of four in a row. Five in succession is uncommon and six is rare, but Harvey reached a mythical level when he made seven consecutive birdies running from the 12th to the 18th.
He started at the 10th and raced through the back nine in 30 strokes to turn at six-under. Bogeys at the 11th, fourth and sixth did little to hinder his charge, because the 25-year-old was firing and made further birdies at the second, fifth and seventh.
With only four pars on the card Harvey’s scoring equalled out to an impressive 65, which set him two strokes clear of a 10-way tie for second place. The pre-qualifier offers up the final 10 places at this week’s €1,5-million Alfred Dunhill Championship and that meant a payoff between those tied for second place.
Daniel Greene fell away after the first playoff hole, which meant JP van der Walt, Mark Murless, MJ Daffue, Louis Calitz, Francesco LaPorta, Juan Langeveld, Desne van den Bergh, Francois Coetzee and Riekus Nortje are in.
After his seven-birdie run Harvey will be brimming with confidence and his good form should carry through to Leopard Creek.