November 29, 2022

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Past champions share their thoughts on the country, people and Magical Kenya Open game plan

Four past winners will be in the field when the Magical Kenya Open 2022 edition tees off this week at Muthaiga. Justin Harding, Guido Migliozzi and Haydn Porteous will be chasing their second win in Kenya, a feat that has only been achieved by Maurice Bembridge. Savannah Classic 2021 champion Daniel van Tonder will also be in action.

The champions opened up on their love for Kenya and their game plan ahead of the eagerly anticipated four-day contest:

Justin Harding

“It’s exciting, you don’t always get the opportunity to defend but I’ve always played quite nicely here in Kenya albeit on the other course in Karen. From what I’ve seen so far this week, this golf course at Muthaiga is beautiful, in good nick.

It’s different, you’ve got to work your way around it. It’s not straight-forward, but I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be nice, I’ve had a decent enough start to this year, my game’s in good place, so we’ll see what happens.

I love Kenya, for one the people are just super-friendly and hospitable. I think the crowds are always great, I’ve loved my time here. They’re very welcoming, they embrace the Kenya Open, it’s got a lot of rich history and it’s always a well-supported event. I haven’t had the opportunity to go on safari yet, so that’s still on the bucket list.

I’ve been playing pretty solid, just trying not to get off to bad starts early in the week and plod along and put yourself in a position to have a go over the weekend.

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