Jared Harvey (@Jaredharvey88) has come second two times since turning professional in 2011. When he shot 69 on Friday for an early hold on third place midway through the Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open he realised that it could be his week.
“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.
One week ago the 26-year-old finished second to Danie van Tonder in a playoff for the Investec Royal Swazi Open. Harvey carried that good form over the Zambian border and carded rounds of 67 and 69 at Nkana Golf Club to reach the weekend two shots behind early leaders Wallie Coetsee and Theunis Spangenberg.
“I’m feeding off confidence from last week,” Harvey said. “It was very close to lose out in a playoff, so I’m trying to carry on. I’m not going to put pressure on myself to win, instead I’ll try to keep playing well and see if the door finally opens.”
The Durbanite has won twice on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour and is prepared to take the next step, and he’s in the right position to achieve that goal at week’s $250,000 tournament.
“I’ve played two nice, solid rounds and I’ve been hitting it pretty solid. If we can get the putter warmed up in the next two days then I’ll be in with a good chance,” he said.
Spangenberg shot an incredible 62 during the first round to lead overnight and then carded 72 on Friday to remain at the top.
“I would have taken 72 at the start of the day,” he said. “The putter didn’t work as well as yesterday, but I’m still comfortable and we’re still in there.”
Coetsee stung together rounds of 65 and 69 to secure his share of lead, but there is plenty of golf to come.
“I feel very positive and it’s good to be in this position going into the weekend. I’d like to shoot in the 60s over the next two days, because I think 16-under can win it,” he said.
The 41-year-old from Jeffrey’s Bay last won a tournament 17 years ago. He has taken 12 top-25 results since the beginning of 2013 and become a serious contender once again.
“It’s been 17 years since I won, so I can’t wait for the next one. It’s also been a while since I’ve led after 36 holes, but with 22 years of experience I’m very excited for the weekend,” he said.