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European Tour drought over for Harding in Doha

10th March 2019, 16:17 by Craig Smithson

Justin Harding won the Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club by two shots to end his wait for a first European Tour title.

The 33-year-old South African, who had won twice on the Asian Tour and on the Sunshine Tour, started the final day three shots off leader Oliver Wilson and he looked to have dropped out of contention when following up three birdies in the opening four holes with bogeys at six and seven respectively.

However, Harding found his top form to pick up further birdies at the 10th, 12th, 15th, 17th and 18th in a back nine of 31 as he closed with a 66 to finish 13-under par.

Englishman Wilson could only manage a 71 as he finished in a nine-strong group two shots behind Harding, who was delighted to break his European Tour duck.

"It was a really good day, hugely rewarding," he said. "I feel as though I've been putting in a lot of hard graft trying to improve my game to get to those next levels and to finally notch one on the European Tour is awesome.

"It means I get into the events I'd like to be into again. I'm looking forward to playing in some bigger events and keeping the form going."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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