Justin Harding produced an impressive finish to win the Qatar Masters and end his wait for a first title on the European Tour.

The South African recorded birdies at three of the final four holes at Doha Golf Club to set the target at 13 under - then watched as the chasing pack tried to catch him.

However, none of those still out on the course could do better than 11 under, a score posted earlier on Sunday by Jinho Choi, as a record-breaking nine players finished tied for second.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout, George Coetzee and Erik van Rooyen finished two shots back of compatriot Harding, as did Anton Karlsson of Sweden and Spanish duo Jorge Campillo and Nacho Elvira. 

They were joined by Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera and England's Oliver Wilson, who had led the way after the third round but was unable to clinch his first European Tour title since the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Harding had arrived in Qatar without full playing privileges but triumphed in a European Tour event at the 54th attempt.

"It feels good," the 33-year-old told the European Tour's official website. "It was nerve-wracking, especially coming off [the course], it's a situation I haven't really been in.

"I didn't enjoy it but it's good fun, I'm glad it happened and now we move on."

His hopes appeared to be slipping away with back-to-back bogeys on the front nine, only for five birdies after the turn to fire him back into contention as he signed for a 66.

Choi had set the early clubhouse target with a stunning final-round 64, his blemish-free score including an impressive eagle at the par-four 16th despite just missing the green with his drive.

Oliver Wilson will take a one-shot advantage into the final round of the Qatar Masters, after edging to the top of a congested leaderboard at Doha Golf Club.

Former Ryder Cup player Wilson is without a European Tour card, but he leads the way after a solid round of 69 on Saturday that featured a birdie at the last.

That final-hole gain took Wilson clear of four players on nine under - Nick Cullen (68), Nacho Elvira (69), Erik van Rooyen (70) and Mike Lorenzo-Vera (71).

Wilson, who won the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Championship on an invite, was quoted as saying by the European Tour's official website: "There's still a long way to go but it's going in the right direction. It's nice to be back in the mix.

"I'm delighted, quite frankly. It's hard out there. It's really hard to get it close even from the fairways with the wind.

"I didn't feel comfortable with my swing but I managed to keep it in play and hit some good shots when I needed to. The last four holes I suddenly found something and hit good shots all the way in."

Jake McLeod made a hole-in-one on the third and an eagle at the last in a super 66, lifting him into a share of sixth at eight under with Min Woo Lee (67), Thomas Detry (70) and Anton Karlsson (70).

Justin Harding and George Coetzee had shared the halfway lead with Lorenzo-Vera, but the two South Africans slipped back to seven under on Saturday with respective scores of 73.

David Lipsky ended his four-year title drought as Scott Jamieson endured yet more final-round misery at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane.

Jamieson took a one-shot lead into the final round at Leopard Creek Country Club, but it was an all-too-familiar story for the Scotsman on Sunday.

The 35-year-old had failed to finish off the job on all four occasions he had topped the leaderboard after 54 holes and he was left to reflect on what might have been again after carding a level-par 72.

Lipsky was in front at the halfway mark in the tournament and won by two shots courtesy of a four-under 68, with David Drysdale taking second place.

The American finished on 14 under to claim his first victory since his maiden European Tour triumph at the European Masters in 2014.

Lipsky hit the turn in 31 with five birdies to take the initiative as Jamieson faltered and held a five-shot advantage in the closing stages before a double-bogey at the 16th set the nerves jangling.

Drysdale, who shot a closing five-under 67, watched on in the clubhouse hoping Lipsky would make a mess of the 18th, but the Californian birdied the last to deny the Scot.

Jamieson double-bogeyed the fifth following bunker woes and dropped another five shots, so five birdies on the back nine were unable to prevent more frustration for the Glaswegian.

Zander Lombard finished in a share of third place in his homeland alongside Jamieson on 11 under, with English duo Oliver Wilson and Ben Evans a further three strokes back.

Defending champion Brandon Stone fell away after being well placed, relinquishing his title with a four-over 76 which included three double-bogeys.

 

David Lipsky moved into a one-shot lead at the halfway mark of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane on Friday.

A bogey-free six-under 66 ensured the American is the man to catch at Leopard Creek Country Club.

It is four years since Lipsky claimed his only European Tour title at the European Masters, but an eagle three at the 13th and four birdies put him at the top of the leaderboard on eight under.

Back-to-back birdies at the second and third put Lipsky - who started on the back nine - two shots clear and his advantage was increased by another stroke when Scott Jamieson bogeyed the second.

Jamieson held a share of the lead after hitting the turn in 32 following five birdies in six holes, but a six at the second pegged him back.

The Scot made another couple of birdies to sign for a 66 of his own, which leaves him in a share of second place with compatriot Marc Warren.

Warren - who had to go through Qualifying School to regain his card last month - put himself in strong contention with a five-under 67, two late bogeys denying him the lead. 

Another two Scotsmen are a further shot back, Doug McGuigan and David Drysdale carding rounds of 66 and 69 respectively to go six under.

McGuigan conjured up the lowest nine holes of the season to surge up the leaderboard, completing the back nine in 30 with seven birdies. 

Oliver Bekker - leader after the first round - and defending champion Brandon Stone are among four South Africans well poised on five under along with Oliver Wilson and Dimitrios Papadatos.

Oliver Wilson lapped up a case of mistaken identity when he was congratulated for Oliver Fisher's record-breaking round while sitting at home on the couch. 

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