Harding eyes Perth success

13 February 2019 03:59:22 EST

Justin Harding is the highest-ranked player in the field as the European Tour stays in Australia for the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.

The South African has made a huge move up the world rankings in recent times after wins on various tours around the world and sits 65th ahead of this week's event at Lake Karrinyup in Western Australia.

Harding, who turned 33 last week, was tied seventh in the Dubai Desert Classic, tied 11th at the Saudi International and then jetted in to Australia where he took fourth at the ISPS Handa Vic Open.

This week's event features a unique format with three rounds of strokeplay before the leading 24 players lock horns in six-hole matchplay contests on Sunday.

Harding is playing the tournament for the first time but is confident of making an impact.

"It has been a good start to the year," said Harding.

"I took advantage of my invite to Dubai and I got into Saudi the next week. I've been playing good golf and making fewer mistakes. This has been key for me for the last 12 months. It just about trying to keep yourself in the tournament for as long as possible.

"I'm getting closer to WGCs and the Majors. It's a matter of doing what I've been doing and seeing what happens. Things will take care of themselves if I continue to post good results.

"It adds a little bit of pressure, knowing you are the highest-ranked player this week. But I guess it's a testament to the fact I've been playing really decent golf lately. It's nice to be in the featured pairings, getting on TV, having the support back home as they can watch it live and sweat it out with me. It's good fun.

"A win (in Melbourne last week) would have got me into the WGC (in Mexico) next week and I'm hoping for something similar or maybe a chance to lift the trophy this week."

Harding is 22/1 to win the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.

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