JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Justin Harding ended an impressive Masters debut with a share of 12th place at Augusta on Sunday.
While American Tiger Woods stole the headlines with victory on 13-under - his first Major win since 2008 and 15th overall - Harding was the star from a SA perspective.
Harding shot a final round level par 72 after earlier rounds of 69 69 and 70 to finish on an eight-under total. The 12th place finish also booked Harding an invite to the 2020 Masters, completing an excellent week for the 33-year-old who also ended as the top South African in the field.
In fact, Harding holed a vital 15-footer at the last to ensure he grabbed the last automatic invite to next year’s event.
The 49th-ranked player in the world had a rollercoaster front nine with three bogeys and two birdies, and began the homeward loop with a bogey on 10 for the third time in a row. He rallied with birdies at 12 and 13, but a costly bogey at the par five 15th meant he had fallen to 18th place.