JUSTIN Harding had to contend with strong winds coming down the stretch at Langebaan Country Estate, but he managed to birdie the 18th twice in a row for a play-off victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung.
“I was quite focused on getting the job done. I put two good shots in on 18 during regulation play and gave myself a chance, which is what I wanted to do. I’m super pleased with the result and hopefully this jump-starts the year,” he said.
The four-time Sunshine Tour winner had to chase down Vaughn Groenewald, who shot a final-round 66 and set the clubhouse target on eight-under-par 208.
Harding, cheered on by his family, was up to the task and carded 32 on the back nine to match the lead and force a sudden-death playoff, which meant extra trips down the 18th.
“It’s easier when you know what needs to be done, because it’s win or go home. Vaughn set a good target and fortunately I matched him. My family was watching, my mom saw me win for the first time, and it was great to have their support in such trying conditions,” said the 29-year-old.
Andrew Georgiou and England’s Henry Featherstone tied for third on 209 with Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya ffifth all on his own on 210.