Rookie European Tour Win For Harding

South Africa’s Justin Harding (pictured) put on a great fight to stave off a determined challenge by a chasing pack of nine players.

Harding clinched his maiden European Tour title with victory in the Qatar Masters.

The 33-year-old birdied three of his last four holes to card a final round 66 with countrymen Christiaan Bezuidenhout, George Coetzee and Erik van Rooyen, Spaniards Jorge Campillo and Nacho Elvira, Swede Anton Karlsson, Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera, England’s Oliver Wilson and Jin-ho Choi of South Korea all tied for second spot.

Harding is the fifth South African winner of the Qatar Masters after Darren Fichardt, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and two-time champion Branden Grace.