Justin Harding not feeling any pressure as he chases back-to-back wins in Kenya
Justin Harding feels the pressure is off as he makes a quick return to the scene of Sunday’s triumph in Kenya.
The European Tour is staging back-to-back events at the Karen Country Club in Nairobi with the Kenya Savannah Classic teeing off on Tuesday just two days after Harding won the Magical Kenya Open.
The South African carded a final-round 66 to claim his first tournament victory in two years by two strokes.
“I’m going to enjoy this week,” he said. “It’s exciting, obviously I’ve played well here and it just gives me an opportunity to keep going.
“I was happy to have got over the line. I executed my golf shots down the stretch, which I was happy with. It was a good feeling, I’ll enjoy it, probably, throughout the entire week.
“There is not going to be a lot of pressure. I know I am playing well and it is a golf course that I like. Just keep doing the same things and see what happens.”
Harding will begin on Tuesday playing alongside Frenchman Romain Langasque, who has had some success in back-to-back events previously. The 25-year-old won the Wales Open at Celtic Manor last August, which was the second of successive events at the Newport resort.
Langasque, who finished in a tie for fifth last week, said: “It was a really good idea from the European Tour to put back-to-back events on again because of the situation we have at the moment.
“I’m really happy to be playing here again because it’s a course where I feel really good. I feel really happy to be here and I look forward to having a good week again next week.”
Also playing with Harding and Langasque will be Manchester-born Sam Horsfield, who also triumphed at Celtic Manor, in the Celtic Classic, last year.
Horsfield, who tied for eighth on Sunday after a final-round 65, said: “I played more aggressively on the weekend than I did the first two days.
“I’ll hopefully be able to pull off some of the shots I pulled off next week, play more aggressive and see where it ends up.”
Romain Langasque equals course record to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par.
Rory McIlroy bemoans ‘ugly year’ and seeks solution to divide in golf world
The arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has fractured the game in 2022.
On this day in 2014 – Europe retain Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory
The Gleneagles victory was Europe’s eighth win in 10 matches.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,