Sunshine Tour

Harding aims to kickstart successful run on Asian Tour

Justin Harding (Gallo Images)
Justin Harding (Gallo Images)

Incheon - South Africa's Justin Harding is looking to pick up the winning momentum again at the Shinhan Donghae Open, which tees off on Thursday.

The 32-year-old was in the form of his life earlier this year when he won two titles in his first two starts on the Asian Tour.

Now, he wants to put the euphoria behind him and focus on playing well at Cheongna Golf Club.

"It was a great experience (playing at the PGA Championship) being involved in an event of that stature and playing my way into it over the recent months has been really rewarding. That run has finished, and now I'm looking to start on another one," said Harding.

Harding, currently ranked 110th on the Official World Golf Ranking list, aims to break into the top-10 of the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings and an exceptional performance at the approximately $1 000 000 event will help him achieve his objective.

"I'm going to be visiting a lot of places now that I'm on the Asian Tour. Before coming to Korea, I've only competed in this part of the world in 2008 in Japan. I'm enjoying it so far and I'm looking forward to the rest of this week," said Harding, who is currently the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit leader.

"I'm aiming to play three solid rounds of golf and see where that can lead to. I've got to make some money and move up the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings so that I can qualify for the some of the big events on the schedule. That's the number one goal at the moment."

Joining the South African in making their debuts at the Cheongna Golf Club are New Zealand's Ben Campbell and Australian Steven Jeffress.

Campbell has been very consistent this year as he has missed the cut only once in his last 10 starts on the Asian Tour. He finished tied-third in Fiji last month, putting him in good stead going into the Shinhan Donghae Open.

Jeffress, who earned his Tour card by finishing tied-third at the Qualifying School this year, also enjoyed a fruitful outing in Fiji last month as he finished tied-11th. He has also enjoyed a successful run on the local circuit and is aiming to bring his good form to Korea.

The 34th Shinhan Donghae Open is the third Asian Tour tournament in Korea this year.

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