Kenya Savannah Classic R3

Red hot Harding edges closer to second Kenyan crown

Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R3
March 18-21
Karen Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R3 - Red hot Harding edges closer to second Kenyan crown
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Justin Harding is 18 holes away from claiming back-to-back titles in the space of five days after the South African opened up a three-shot lead over an otherwise packed leaderboard heading into the final day of the Kenya Savannah Classic supported by Absa.


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R3

“Maybe it’s a bit of a surprise to be three clear because I feel like I struggled a bit out there. 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.”

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.


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R3

“After I bogeyed 14 unnecessarily it was anyone’s game, I was just happy with the way I finished and I just gave myself a chance. I’ve got no idea, I seem to be having a good gameplan around here and ultimately I’m probably executing more shots. I’ve hit it good off the tee, maybe not quite as good into the greens but I bailed myself out a couple of times with the putter.”

“This morning it felt like everyone was going bananas, so it was a tricky day. I think my par save on eight was a bit of a booster. I think missing a short one on seven but then making that on eight and avoiding the bogey was at least a big plus.”


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R3

Should he 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 17 under par, three clear of a bunch of six players who share 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.

Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Justin Harding
-17
64
66
66
196
T2
Marcus Armitage
-14
65
67
67
199
T2
David Drysdale
-14
65
65
69
199
T2
Darren Fichardt
-14
65
66
68
199
T2
Jazz Janewattananond
-14
66
68
65
199
T2
Kristoffer Reitan
-14
69
65
65
199
T2
Daniel van Tonder
-14
65
64
70
199
T8
Ashley Chesters
-13
67
68
65
200
T8
Louis De Jager
-13
71
65
64
200
T8
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-13
66
66
68
200
T8
Calum Hill
-13
67
68
65
200
T8
Sam Horsfield
-13
66
68
66
200
T13
Aaron Cockerill
-12
69
68
64
201
T13
Victor Dubuisson
-12
67
66
68
201
T13
Liam Johnston
-12
66
69
66
201
T13
James Morrison
-12
70
65
66
201
T13
Garrick Porteous
-12
69
68
64
201
T13
Darius van Driel
-12
70
62
69
201
T19
Steven Brown
-11
68
67
67
202
T19
Alejandro Cañizares
-11
64
71
67
202
T19
Masahiro Kawamura
-11
67
64
71
202
T19
Jacques Kruyswijk
-11
70
64
68
202
T19
Niklas Lemke
-11
66
65
71
202
T19
Joost Luiten
-11
64
68
70
202
T19
Matthias Schwab
-11
66
70
66
202
T19
Toby Tree
-11
67
71
64
202
T27
Gaganjeet Bhullar
-10
70
67
66
203
T27
Jonathan Caldwell
-10
65
68
70
203
T27
Rhys Enoch
-10
67
67
69
203
T27
Matthieu Pavon
-10
66
71
66
203
T27
Lee Slattery
-10
66
68
69
203
T32
Maverick Antcliff
-9
67
69
68
204
T32
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-9
70
67
67
204
T32
Julien Guerrier
-9
70
64
70
204
T32
Mathiam Keyser
-9
65
70
69
204
T32
Ondrej Lieser (a)
-9
72
66
66
204
T32
Jack Senior
-9
67
69
68
204
T32
Clement Sordet
-9
64
70
70
204
T39
Nino Bertasio
-8
67
70
68
205
T39
Maximilian Kieffer
-8
68
69
68
205
T39
Hurly Long (a)
-8
69
65
71
205
T39
Adrian Otaegui
-8
68
70
67
205
T39
Aaron Rai
-8
70
68
67
205
T39
Richie Ramsay
-8
71
66
68
205
T39
Jayden Schaper
-8
69
67
69
205
T39
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-8
66
69
70
205
T39
Sebastian Soderberg
-8
68
67
70
205
T48
Wil Besseling
-7
67
69
70
206
T48
Jens Fahrbring
-7
67
69
70
206
T48
Søren Kjeldsen
-7
74
64
68
206
T48
Romain Langasque
-7
67
65
74
206
T48
Lorenzo Scalise
-7
70
66
70
206
T48
Scott Vincent
-7
67
67
72
206
T54
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-6
66
70
71
207
T54
Ben Evans
-6
68
68
71
207
T54
Shubhankar Sharma
-6
69
69
69
207
T54
Cormac Sharvin
-6
65
72
70
207
T54
Julian Suri
-6
66
70
71
207
T54
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-6
70
68
69
207
T54
Daniel Young (a)
-6
73
65
69
207
T61
Lucas Bjerregaard
-5
69
68
71
208
T61
Dave Coupland
-5
70
68
70
208
T61
Scott Hend
-5
66
70
72
208
T61
David Howell
-5
70
67
71
208
T61
Ricardo Santos
-5
68
68
72
208
T61
David Wakhu
-5
66
68
74
208
T61
Lars van Meijel
-5
68
68
72
208
68
Sihwan Kim
-4
68
70
71
209
T69
Martin Simonsen
-3
70
68
72
210
T69
Dale Whitnell
-3
70
67
73
210
71
Jose-Filipe Lima
-1
68
70
74
212
T72
Daan Huizing
E
68
70
75
213
T72
Ross McGowan
E
65
71
77
213
CUT
Dean Burmester
-3
69
70
139
CUT
John Catlin
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Craig Howie
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Francesco Laporta
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Alexander Levy
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Adrian Meronk
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Carlos Pigem
-3
67
72
139
CUT
Romain Wattel
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Oliver Farr
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
-2
69
71
140
CUT
David Law
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Tae Hee Lee
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Chris Paisley
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Benjamin Poke
-2
70
70
140
CUT
JC Ritchie
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Robin Roussel
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Matthew Southgate
-2
73
67
140
CUT
Johannes Veerman
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Jorge Campillo
-1
68
73
141
CUT
SSP Chawrasia
-1
75
66
141
CUT
Thriston Lawrence
-1
73
68
141
CUT
Richard Mansell (a)
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Pep Angles
E
71
71
142
CUT
Adel Balala
E
73
69
142
CUT
George Coetzee
E
70
72
142
CUT
Grant Forrest
E
72
70
142
CUT
Eirik Tage Johansen
E
73
69
142
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
E
69
73
142
CUT
Richard McEvoy
E
71
71
142
CUT
Samuel Njoroge Chege
E
71
71
142
CUT
Marcel Schneider
E
67
75
142
CUT
Greg Snow
E
71
71
142
CUT
Connor Syme
E
71
71
142
CUT
Matt Ford
1
74
69
143
CUT
Garrick Higgo
1
72
71
143
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
1
74
69
143
CUT
Simon Ngige Mburu
1
77
66
143
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
1
73
70
143
CUT
Jordan Smith
1
71
72
143
CUT
Robson Chinhoi
3
75
70
145
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
3
74
71
145
CUT
Dismas Indiza Anyonyi
3
72
73
145
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
3
75
70
145
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
3
70
75
145
CUT
Jastas Madoya Asena
3
72
73
145
CUT
Haydn Porteous
3
76
69
145
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
3
71
74
145
CUT
Oliver Wilson
3
71
74
145
CUT
Richard Bland
4
74
72
146
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
4
76
70
146
CUT
Anton Karlsson
4
73
73
146
CUT
Mohit Mediratta
4
72
74
146
CUT
Kyong-Jun Moon
4
72
74
146
CUT
Andrew Oche Odoh
4
74
72
146
CUT
Damien Perrier
4
73
73
146
CUT
Ooko Erick Obura
5
76
71
147
CUT
Tyler Koivisto
5
72
75
147
CUT
Zander Lombard
5
75
72
147
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
5
73
74
147
CUT
Max Schmitt
5
77
70
147
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
6
72
76
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
7
76
73
149
CUT
Isaac Ogolla Makokha
7
73
76
149
CUT
Joel Stalter
7
72
77
149
CUT
Cj Wangai
7
73
76
149
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
8
80
70
150
CUT
Adrien Saddier
8
72
78
150
CUT
Riz Charania
9
71
80
151
CUT
Jaydeep Singh Sandhu
9
72
79
151
CUT
Edwin Inana Asuza
10
76
76
152
CUT
Yi Keun Chang
11
74
79
153
CUT
Oliver Fisher
11
75
78
153
CUT
Phillip Kasozi
11
76
77
153
CUT
Michael Karanga
13
75
80
155
CUT
Mathew Omondi
13
78
77
155
CUT
Deo Akope
14
82
74
156
CUT
Njoroge Njonge Kibugu
15
78
79
157
CUT
Taimur Malik
16
82
76
158
WD
Mathew Wahome
E
WD
Jamie Donaldson
1
72
72