Fichardt survives late lapse to lift African Open title
Monday, February 18, 2013
South African Darren Fichardt survived a late wobble to claim a two-shot win on home soil at the Africa Open in East London.
By Tom Collins
Fichardt, the joint overnight leader, held on for victory, despite dropping three shots in his last five holes to finish the day with a one-under-par 71.
That put him on 16 under for the tournament and earned him his fourth European Tour title, with compatriot Jaco Van Zyl and France’s Gregory Bourdy finishing in a tie for second.
Fichardt had moved four under par for the day with birdies at the first, third, seventh and 13th, reaching the turn with a four-shot lead, meaning his late slump did not prove costly.
“I started losing focus,” Fichardt said: “I was four shots ahead and I started taking it for granted.”
Van Zyl, who was tied for the lead with Fichardt going into the final day, bogeyed the last for a 73.
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