Harding won Sunday’s Kenya Open at Karen Country Club and continued his love affair with the venue, putting together rounds of 64, 66 and 66 to get 17 under par.
Behind the 35-year-old is a big chase with compatriots Daniel van Tonder and Darren Fichardt, the Englishman Marcus Armitage, the Scottish David Drysdale, the Norwegian Kristoffer Reitan and the Thai jazz Janewattananond.
The leading Australian is Maverick Antcliff, who shot a third round of 68 to sit under 32nd in the field with nine, but fellow countryman Scott Hend, who competed last week, has dropped to five under after a 72.
“Justin’s obviously great and I told him to give us all a chance tomorrow.” – David Drysdale
“Maybe it’s a bit of a surprise to be three clear because I feel like I’m struggling a little out there,” said Harding after a round of eight birdies and three bogeys.
“After bogeying 14 unnecessarily it was everyone’s game. I was just happy with the way I finished (with three birdies in the last four holes) and just gave myself a chance.”
Drysdale is aiming for a first European Tour win in his 519th event and kept on the hunt with a birdie on the final strokes on the 15th and 16th in his 69th.
“Justin’s obviously great and I told him to give us all a chance tomorrow,” said Drysdale.
– Phil Casey, PAA
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