Early and Late Surges Give Harding Victory in Qatar; Van Rooyen Ties for 2nd
March 11, 2019
DOHA, Qatar -- Justin Harding had a very nice symmetry to his final round in the Qatar Masters. The 33-year-old South African birdied three of the first four holes at Doha Golf Club and three of the last four holes, as well, on his way to a 6-under-par 66. That gave him a 72-hole total of 275 (13 under) and a two-stroke victory.
This was his first win on the European Tour, but he won four times last year on other tours, twice in South Africa (the Sunshine Tour) in May and twice on the Asian Tour in July. Nevertheless, he was not fully exempt for the European Tour. Now he is.
For the effort, he made 259,669 euros.
There was a small army of contenders on Sunday, and in the end nine of them tied for second place at 277. Among them was former University of Minnesota star Erik Van Rooyen, who like Harding, is a South African. He closed with a 70.
Van Rooyen, who won the Minnesota State Amateur in 2012 and the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am in 2016, has yet to win on the Euro Tour, but he's now finished second twice and has multiple other top-5 finishes. The 69,988 euros that he earned Sunday moved him up from No. 62 to No. 39 on the 2018-19 European Tour money list, with 192,844 euros in six events.
At Doha GC
Par 72, 7,425 yards
1. Juestin Harding, RSA 269,669 euros 68-68-73-66--275
T2. Erik Van Rooyen, RSA 68,988 euros 69-68-70-70--277
T2. Jorge Campillo, Spain 68,988 euros 72-69-68-69--277
T2. Christian Bezuidenhout, RSA 68,988 euros 72-71-66-68--277
T2. Jinho Choi, Korea 69,988 euros 72-69-72-64--277
T2. Nacho Elvira, Spain 69,988 euros 71-67-69-70--277
T2. Anton Karlsson, Sweden 69,988 euros 72-66-70-69--277
T2. Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France 69,988 euros 68-68-71-70--277
T2. Oliver Wilson, England 69,988 euros 69-68-69-71--277
T2. George Coetzee, RSA 69,988 euros 68-68-73-68--277