Magical Kenya Open R3

Harding eases into Kenya lead

Kenya Open 2021 R3

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


Kenya Open 2021 R3 - Harding eases into Kenya lead
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Justin Harding is in pole position for a second European Tour title as the South African carries a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Magical Kenya Open presented by Johnnie Walker, courtesy of a seven under par third round 64 at Karen Country Club.


Kenya Open 2021 R3

“I played pretty good to be fair. I hit it solidly the first 12 holes and managed to make a couple of putts. I holed a wedge on ten which was an added bonus. Then after that I had my usual struggles on the 13th through the 17th and managed to roll in a good putt on the 18th to give myself a bit of an extra boost.”

The 34-year-old won his maiden title almost exactly two years ago at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, which continued a remarkable rise up the Official World Golf Ranking – peaking at 42nd in May of 2019.


Kenya Open 2021 R3

Included in that strong run of form was a share of runner-up spot at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open, and the 34-year-old will be hoping to go one better at Karen as he looks to build on his 16 under par total.

“I’ll give it my best effort. The golf course lends itself to a bunch of birdies. If you execute your golf shots and roll in a couple of putts you can certainly post a score. As you can see today, there are a couple of guys that went really deep.”


Kenya Open 2021 R3

“It’s just a matter of really taking advantage of the par fives and a couple of the driveable par fours and at the end of the day just being one shot better than the next guy. You’ve got to play it hole by hole. Two shots ahead, you’ll probably find that by the time I tee off I’m not going to be leading. It’s just going to be a matter of executing plans and trying to get over the line.” 

Three players shared second spot on 14 under, with Johannes Veerman carding a flawless course-record 62 which comprised nine birdies. He was joined by his American compatriot Kurt Kitayama – who recovered from a tough spot at the seventh as his ball embedded in a sponsor board, eventually signing for a 66 – and Australia’s Scott Hend, who carded a 68. Scotland’s Callum Hill was a stroke further back on 13 under after a four under 67.


Kenya Open 2021 R3

“I’ve been hitting it well all week so I just knew that if I could get it right on the putting greens that I could score a low one today,” said Veerman.

“This course is tough but if you hit it well there’s a lot of birdies you can make – some driveable par fours, all the par fives are reachable – if you can get the flat stick rolling you can go deep. Yesterday I spent a lot of time just grooving my stroke down, trying to get the speed right and trying to get it down.”

“I’ll just kind of keep the process going, I’m hitting it well, I’m putting it well now and for the most part, just keep it all in check. Do my post-round practice and then go for it again.”

Kenya Open 2021 R3


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Justin Harding
-16
66
67
64
197
T2
Scott Hend
-14
67
64
68
199
T2
Kurt Kitayama
-14
67
66
66
199
T2
Johannes Veerman
-14
68
69
62
199
5
Calum Hill
-13
65
68
67
200
6
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
-11
68
68
66
202
T7
Dean Burmester
-10
68
64
71
203
T7
Garrick Higgo
-10
67
68
68
203
T7
Guido Migliozzi
-10
71
65
67
203
T7
Bernd Ritthammer
-10
65
71
67
203
T7
Kalle Samooja
-10
65
66
72
203
T7
Jayden Schaper
-10
68
70
65
203
T7
Connor Syme
-10
65
67
71
203
T14
Pep Angles
-9
70
67
67
204
T14
Romain Langasque
-9
67
70
67
204
T14
Dale Whitnell
-9
66
70
68
204
T17
Nino Bertasio
-8
67
69
69
205
T17
Jamie Donaldson
-8
69
67
69
205
T17
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-8
67
70
68
205
T17
Gavin Kyle Green
-8
68
69
68
205
T17
Sam Horsfield
-8
65
71
69
205
T17
Jacques Kruyswijk *
-8
68
72
65
205
T17
Francesco Laporta
-8
70
67
68
205
T17
Richard McEvoy *
-8
70
70
65
205
T17
Adrian Meronk *
-8
65
73
67
205
T17
Adrian Otaegui
-8
70
67
68
205
T17
Ricardo Santos
-8
71
66
68
205
T28
Ashley Chesters *
-7
71
68
67
206
T28
Louis De Jager *
-7
70
70
66
206
T28
Victor Dubuisson
-7
68
68
70
206
T28
Darren Fichardt *
-7
69
70
67
206
T28
Joachim B. Hansen
-7
68
69
69
206
T28
Raphael Jacquelin
-7
65
68
73
206
T28
Niklas Lemke *
-7
67
71
68
206
T28
Joost Luiten *
-7
70
69
67
206
T28
Garrick Porteous *
-7
71
68
67
206
T28
Justin Walters *
-7
67
71
68
206
T28
Lars van Meijel
-7
68
69
69
206
T39
Gaganjeet Bhullar *
-6
66
72
69
207
T39
George Coetzee
-6
72
66
69
207
T39
Grant Forrest *
-6
73
66
68
207
T39
Søren Kjeldsen
-6
67
69
71
207
T39
Wilco Nienaber
-6
67
69
71
207
T39
Aaron Rai
-6
70
67
70
207
T39
Jack Senior
-6
68
68
71
207
T39
Jordan Smith *
-6
68
70
69
207
T47
Jens Fahrbring *
-5
72
67
69
208
T47
Benjamin Poke *
-5
69
70
69
208
T47
JC Ritchie *
-5
69
70
69
208
T47
Lorenzo Scalise *
-5
72
68
68
208
T47
Marcel Schneider *
-5
70
69
69
208
T52
John Catlin *
-4
71
69
69
209
T52
Aaron Cockerill *
-4
71
69
69
209
T52
Rikard Karlberg *
-4
71
68
70
209
T52
Maximilian Kieffer *
-4
68
72
69
209
T52
Richie Ramsay
-4
67
65
77
209
T52
Matthias Schwab
-4
71
66
72
209
T52
Toby Tree *
-4
67
73
69
209
T52
Oliver Wilson
-4
70
67
72
209
T60
Ben Evans *
-3
71
68
71
210
T60
Matt Ford *
-3
68
72
70
210
T60
Julien Guerrier *
-3
70
70
70
210
T60
Kyong-Jun Moon *
-3
70
69
71
210
T60
Matthew Southgate
-3
66
69
75
210
T60
Scott Vincent *
-3
68
71
71
210
T66
Richard Bland *
-2
71
69
71
211
T66
Lorenzo Gagli *
-2
70
70
71
211
T66
Gregory Havret *
-2
67
73
71
211
T66
Benjamin Hebert
-2
64
72
75
211
T66
Ondrej Lieser (a) *
-2
72
68
71
211
T66
Robin Sciot-Siegrist *
-2
73
66
72
211
T66
Darius van Driel *
-2
69
71
71
211
73
Romain Wattel *
-1
69
71
72
212
74
Damien Perrier *
E
68
71
74
213
75
Samuel Njoroge Chege *
1
72
68
74
214
T76
Haydn Porteous *
2
70
70
75
215
T76
Lee Slattery *
2
71
69
75
215
CUT
Wil Besseling
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Jorge Campillo
-1
73
68
141
CUT
Dave Coupland
-1
67
74
141
CUT
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-1
74
67
141
CUT
Ooko Erick Obura
-1
69
72
141
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Daan Huizing
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Alexander Levy
-1
74
67
141
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Carlos Pigem
-1
69
72
141
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Max Schmitt
-1
73
68
141
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Daniel van Tonder
-1
74
67
141
CUT
Marcus Armitage
E
69
73
142
CUT
Steven Brown
E
69
73
142
CUT
Robson Chinhoi
E
67
75
142
CUT
David Drysdale
E
72
70
142
CUT
Anthony Juma
E
70
72
142
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
E
74
68
142
CUT
David Law
E
72
70
142
CUT
Tae Hee Lee
E
69
73
142
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
E
73
69
142
CUT
James Morrison
E
71
71
142
CUT
Chris Paisley
E
75
67
142
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
E
73
69
142
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
E
70
72
142
CUT
David Wakhu
E
75
67
142
CUT
Sihwan Kim
1
72
71
143
CUT
Taimur Malik
1
69
74
143
CUT
Richard Mansell (a)
1
72
71
143
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
1
72
71
143
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
1
73
70
143
CUT
Julian Suri
1
66
77
143
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
2
74
70
144
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
2
72
72
144
CUT
Rhys Enoch
2
67
77
144
CUT
Oliver Farr
2
68
76
144
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
2
71
73
144
CUT
David Howell
2
68
76
144
CUT
Liam Johnston
2
73
71
144
CUT
Hurly Long (a)
2
73
71
144
CUT
Simon Ngige Mburu
2
72
72
144
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
2
72
72
144
CUT
Greg Snow
2
71
73
144
CUT
Clement Sordet
2
74
70
144
CUT
Joel Stalter
2
71
73
144
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
3
73
72
145
CUT
Yi Keun Chang
3
73
72
145
CUT
Tyler Koivisto
3
77
68
145
CUT
Robin Roussel
3
68
77
145
CUT
Adrien Saddier
3
71
74
145
CUT
SSP Chawrasia
4
74
72
146
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
4
74
72
146
CUT
Dismas Indiza Anyonyi
4
76
70
146
CUT
Anton Karlsson
4
73
73
146
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
4
73
73
146
CUT
Cj Wangai
4
73
73
146
CUT
Mathiam Keyser
5
72
75
147
CUT
Ross McGowan
5
77
70
147
CUT
Jaydeep Singh Sandhu
5
73
74
147
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
6
76
72
148
CUT
Oliver Fisher
6
73
75
148
CUT
Edwin Inana Asuza
6
73
75
148
CUT
Jastas Madoya Asena
6
73
75
148
CUT
Jacob Okello
6
72
76
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
7
75
74
149
CUT
Andrew Oche Odoh
7
75
74
149
CUT
Phillip Kasozi
9
72
79
151
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
10
77
75
152
CUT
Isaac Ogolla Makokha
10
75
77
152
CUT
Victor Joseph
11
74
79
153
CUT
Paul Musangi Njuguna
12
76
78
154
CUT
Riz Charania
13
79
76
155
CUT
Mathew Omondi
13
80
75
155
CUT
Adel Balala
14
81
75
156
WD
Haotong Li
5
75
5
80
WD
Zander Lombard
11
82
82
* Player started on the back nine