Harding wins at Langebaan, just-in time

Tee and Sandwedges June 2015


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.