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Harding hopes to end Asian Tour season on a high

Justin Harding (Getty Images)
Justin Harding (Getty Images)

Jakarta - South Africa's Justin Harding is ready to end his spectacular Asian Tour season with a flourish as he takes another shot at glory at the Indonesian Masters, which starts on Thursday.

The 31-year-old announced his arrival in Asia by winning his maiden Asian Tour title in what was only his first start in July.

Following his breakthrough in Indonesia, Harding would go on to clinch another back-to-back title in Thailand in his next event before going on to enjoy four other top-10s.

As his season draws to a close at the Asian Tour's final event at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club, the South African is now hoping to surmount a late challenge and take over Korea's Sanghyun Park's second-place position on the Habitat for Humanity standings now that India's Shubhankar Sharma has topped the merit standings.

"It's been quite a season for me. It's almost gone like one full circle," said Harding.

"It's good to come back to Indonesia as I had success here at the Indonesia Open which sparked a solid run. It's nice to come back to a place where I have played well at. I am just hoping to finish the year off with a good result this week, make some birdies and see what happens."

Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai, who finished second at the Indonesian Masters after losing to England's Justin Rose by eight shots last year, is determined to make amends on a golf course which he rates as one of his favourites.

Compatriot Suradit Yongcharoenchai is also banking on those 'feel-good' vibes at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club, having shared second place with Phachara two years ago. With three top-fives this season, Suradit has set a target of finishing inside the top-30 on the Habitat for Humanity standings as the Asian Tour season comes to a close this week.

Australia’s Andrew Martin, who earned his Asian Tour card for the first time through Qualifying School this year, is also looking to create an impression at the $750 000 event.

While he is also battling to save his Tour card for 2019, Martin is optimistic he can play true to form and continue to be rewarded with the numerous playing opportunities he has enjoyed in Asia since graduating from Qualifying School.

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