A bogey-free final round 66 delivered South Africa’s Justin Harding his second European Tour win at the Magical Kenya Open. Here is what the 35-year-old had in the bag.
WINNING SCORE: 21-under-par, 263.
DRIVER: Titleist TSi3 with 9˚ loft, fitted with Graphite Design Tour AD IZ shaft.
3-WOOD: Titleist TS2 with 13.5˚ loft, with Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK White shaft.
5-WOOD: Titleist TS2 with 18˚ loft, with Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK White shaft.
IRONS: Titleist U500 (4-iron) and Titleist 620 MB (5-iron to pitching wedge), with True Temper Project X shafts.
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 Wedgeworks (50˚ F Grind, 54˚ M Grind & 58˚ T Grind), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts.
PUTTER: Odyssey V-Line (long).
BALL: Titleist Pro V1.
- One of the few remaining players still opting for an unanchored long putter on the main Tours, Harding’s flatstick is a very custom piece of equipment, likely as a result of the lack of options on offer since the anchoring ban from companies. The putter head itself features a significant amount of lead tape on the sole to get the weight up to a desired amount, while the two split grips are made from regular club grips that have been modified. The lower grip still its original size but cut through the top to make it down the shaft, while the top hand grip has been cut into a smaller size to accommodate only the top hand.
- Harding’s win was part of a double victory weekend for Titleist’s new TSi drivers and Pro V1 range of golf balls on the world’s two major men’s Tours. Harding and Matt Jones opting for the recently released TSi3 and TSi2 drivers respectively. The World No.121 also giving the company’s 620 MB irons a second win in two weeks, after Justin Thomas claimed The Players Championship with the same muscle back blade last week.
- Harding’s victory makes it four wins from six events on the European Tour so far in 2021 to be won with a Titleist golf ball.
QUOTE: “Ultimately, I just hope that I can kick on and it would be nice if I could go on a run like I did in 2018/2019 but who knows? Maybe I do it, maybe I don’t. We’ve just got to keep giving ourselves some chances.” – Justin Harding.