Magical Kenya Open R4

Magical Harding claims Kenya Open title

Kenya Open 2021 R4
March 18-21
Karen Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Kenya Open 2021 R4 - Magical Harding claims Kenya Open title
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Justin Harding claimed his second European Tour title at the Magical Kenya Open presented by Johnnie Walker after an assured final-round performance helped him convert his 54-hole lead and claim a two-stroke victory at Karen Country Club.


Kenya Open 2021 R4

“I’m very emotional now. It was hard work, I’m happy with the way I played. Kurt’s a hell of a competitor – I got him back for Mauritius – but I’m glad I went one shot better than a couple of years ago, I was bummed about that, but I was just happy with the way I managed my game.”

“I wouldn’t say I was in a slump but I was in a dip in form in terms of mixed results and it was nice to get over the line this time around. Winning isn’t everything but I think being in the winner’s circle again means a little more to me than I thought it did.”


Kenya Open 2021 R4

“I think I got blown off the golf course like everyone else in Qatar. It was nice to come back to a place that I have nice fond memories of. I know Guido beat me by a shot here a couple of years ago and I felt like I played the golf course well and it is set up nicely for me. I’ve been saying to the guys all week that I think it is one of the fairest golf courses in terms of to the field that the European Tour plays all year. It’s just a fun golf course; you can make a bunch of birdies, you can make bunch of eagles and you can throw in some bogeys there as well. It’s just lovely to play.”

The South African entered the final day with a two-shot advantage over the field and was composure personified throughout as he opened with five straight pars before his round caught fire with a pair of back-to-back birdies at the sixth and seventh.


Kenya Open 2021 R4

He drove the green at the par four ninth and holed from 15 feet in front of the clubhouse to soar into a four-shot lead at the turn. He steadily maintained his lead all the way home and picked up one final birdie on the par four 17th to secure his second European Tour title, courtesy of a five under 66 and a 21 under total – the lowest winning total in the history of Kenya’s national open.

America’s Kurt Kitayama finished second at Karen Country Club, two shots behind Harding, while Scotland’s Connor Syme finished third on 17 under par. Spaniard Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez posted a closing eight under par round of 63 to secure solo fourth place on 16 under par, while French duo Romain Langasque and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet and South Africa’s Jacques Kruyswijk finished a shot further back in a share of fifth place.


Kenya Open 2021 R4

“It was tough to catch him.,” said Kitayama. “Obviously I couldn’t but I think I gave it a pretty good effort. I felt like sometimes when I was going to slip away, I chipped in for eagle on 12, that was big, but overall I’m happy with how I fought I’m happy with the result.

“You just have to stick to your game plan. I was hitting my irons well and I just trusted that and down the stretch I just didn’t give myself too many good looks.”

Kenya Open 2021 R4


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Justin Harding
-21
66
67
64
66
263
2
Kurt Kitayama
-19
67
66
66
66
265
3
Connor Syme
-17
65
67
71
64
267
4
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-16
67
70
68
63
268
T5
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
-15
68
68
66
67
269
T5
Jacques Kruyswijk
-15
68
72
65
64
269
T5
Romain Langasque
-15
67
70
67
65
269
T8
Pep Angles
-14
70
67
67
66
270
T8
Dean Burmester
-14
68
64
71
67
270
T8
Calum Hill
-14
65
68
67
70
270
T8
Sam Horsfield
-14
65
71
69
65
270
T12
Nino Bertasio
-13
67
69
69
66
271
T12
Guido Migliozzi
-13
71
65
67
68
271
T12
Kalle Samooja
-13
65
66
72
68
271
T12
Justin Walters
-13
67
71
68
65
271
T16
Gaganjeet Bhullar *
-12
66
72
69
65
272
T16
George Coetzee *
-12
72
66
69
65
272
T16
Jamie Donaldson
-12
69
67
69
67
272
T16
Victor Dubuisson
-12
68
68
70
66
272
T16
Scott Hend
-12
67
64
68
73
272
T16
Garrick Higgo
-12
67
68
68
69
272
T16
Garrick Porteous
-12
71
68
67
66
272
T16
Johannes Veerman
-12
68
69
62
73
272
T24
Darren Fichardt
-11
69
70
67
67
273
T24
Adrian Otaegui
-11
70
67
68
68
273
T24
Aaron Rai *
-11
70
67
70
66
273
T24
Jayden Schaper
-11
68
70
65
70
273
T28
John Catlin *
-10
71
69
69
65
274
T28
Richard McEvoy
-10
70
70
65
69
274
T28
Wilco Nienaber *
-10
67
69
71
67
274
T28
Marcel Schneider *
-10
70
69
69
66
274
T28
Jack Senior *
-10
68
68
71
67
274
T33
Louis De Jager
-9
70
70
66
69
275
T33
Grant Forrest *
-9
73
66
68
68
275
T33
Maximilian Kieffer *
-9
68
72
69
66
275
T33
Niklas Lemke
-9
67
71
68
69
275
T33
Ondrej Lieser (a) *
-9
72
68
71
64
275
T33
Bernd Ritthammer
-9
65
71
67
72
275
T33
Ricardo Santos
-9
71
66
68
70
275
T33
Oliver Wilson *
-9
70
67
72
66
275
T41
Ben Evans *
-8
71
68
71
66
276
T41
Gavin Kyle Green
-8
68
69
68
71
276
T41
Joachim B. Hansen
-8
68
69
69
70
276
T41
Joost Luiten
-8
70
69
67
70
276
T41
Benjamin Poke *
-8
69
70
69
68
276
T41
Dale Whitnell
-8
66
70
68
72
276
T47
Søren Kjeldsen *
-7
67
69
71
70
277
T47
Francesco Laporta
-7
70
67
68
72
277
T47
Adrian Meronk
-7
65
73
67
72
277
T47
Richie Ramsay *
-7
67
65
77
68
277
T47
Jordan Smith *
-7
68
70
69
70
277
T52
Richard Bland *
-6
71
69
71
67
278
T52
Ashley Chesters
-6
71
68
67
72
278
T52
Aaron Cockerill *
-6
71
69
69
69
278
T52
Jens Fahrbring *
-6
72
67
69
70
278
T52
Matt Ford *
-6
68
72
70
68
278
T52
Lorenzo Gagli *
-6
70
70
71
67
278
T52
Raphael Jacquelin
-6
65
68
73
72
278
T52
Damien Perrier *
-6
68
71
74
65
278
T52
Matthias Schwab *
-6
71
66
72
69
278
T52
Darius van Driel *
-6
69
71
71
67
278
T62
Julien Guerrier *
-5
70
70
70
69
279
T62
Lorenzo Scalise *
-5
72
68
68
71
279
T62
Scott Vincent *
-5
68
71
71
69
279
T65
Rikard Karlberg *
-4
71
68
70
71
280
T65
Robin Sciot-Siegrist *
-4
73
66
72
69
280
T65
Toby Tree *
-4
67
73
69
71
280
T65
Romain Wattel *
-4
69
71
72
68
280
T65
Lars van Meijel
-4
68
69
69
74
280
T70
Gregory Havret *
-3
67
73
71
70
281
T70
Benjamin Hebert *
-3
64
72
75
70
281
T70
Matthew Southgate *
-3
66
69
75
71
281
T73
Kyong-Jun Moon *
-2
70
69
71
72
282
T73
Haydn Porteous *
-2
70
70
75
67
282
T73
JC Ritchie *
-2
69
70
69
74
282
76
Lee Slattery *
-1
71
69
75
68
283
77
Samuel Njoroge Chege *
E
72
68
74
70
284
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