Harding made his Open debut in 2013, when he won a 36-hole International Qualifying event in his native South Africa.
He did not play another major after that until the 2018 PGA Championship, but his climb into the game’s top 50 – no mean feat given he was not in the leading 700 at the start of 2018 - earned him places in The Masters and back at The Open the following season.
On his debut at Augusta National he tied for 12th, just good enough to guarantee himself a return.
In 2018 he had four wins in the space of 12 weeks, two on African soil and two in Asia, before firing a closing 66 for a two-stroke success at the 2019 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, his first DP World Tour title.
A week later he was a joint runner-up at the Kenya Open and it was at this event last March that he enjoyed his second DP World Tour triumph.
Played college golf in Texas before turning professional in 2010, then won a tournament in each of his first three seasons on the Sunshine circuit. As last year, owed his Open place to finishing among the leading 30 on the DP World Tour’s Race to Dubai.