Mar 25th, 2021
Harding closing in on Kenyan double
South African three shots clear at Kenya Savannah Classic
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The 35-year-old lifted his second European Tour title last week in the Magical Kenya Open presented by Johnnie Walker, having converted a two-stroke advantage heading into the final day. Now, in the second successive event at the beautiful Karen Country Club, Harding has an even bigger lead as he targets a third victory in three years on the Tour.
“Maybe it’s a bit of a surprise to be three clear because I feel like I struggled a bit out there," said Harding.
"I couldn’t seem to give myself a good number from the fairway and when you’re playing at altitude and, as hot as the ball is out here, sometimes it’s hard to get the club selection right."
Should Harding win, it would be the third time he was won back-to-back events - which he achieved on both the Sunshine Tour and the Asian Tour in 2018, all in the space of two months. A five-under 66 moved him to seventeen-under-par, three clear of a bunch of six players who share the second spot on 14 under.
They include five-time winner Darren Fichardt - the South African making his 401st European Tour appearance this week - and five players who have yet to win on Tour, including David Drysdale - playing in his 519th event.