Africa Open

  • East London GC, East London, South Africa February 14th - February 17th
  • Par: 73

Completed

Round 4 Concluded

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  • Last Updated: Sunday February 17 2013, 16:38 GMT

South African Darren Fichardt survived a late wobble to claim a two-shot win on home soil at the Africa Open in East London.

Darren Fichardt: Held on to win by two shots in East London Golf Club
Darren Fichardt: Held on to win by two shots in East London Golf Club

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 on the European Tour website. "I was four shots ahead and I started taking it for granted.

"I was putting unbelievably and then I missed a short putt at the 14th and thought 'what's going on here?"'

Van Zyl tied for the lead with Fichardt going into the final day and was his main challenger over the last 18 holes before a bogey at the last, his third of the round, left him with a 73.

Bourdy had a 70 today, consecutive birdies at the 14th, 15th and 16th giving him hope of catching Fichardt before a bogey at the 17th all but ended it.

A third South African, Garth Mulroy, was fourth on 13 under following a final-round 67, while England's Andy Sullivan also enjoyed a decent closing day.

Sullivan shot a 68 to finish on 11 under in a four-way tie for fifth place.

Collated final round scores & totals (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 73):

272 Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 69 67 65 71

274 Jaco Van Zyl (Rsa) 66 67 68 73, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 70 67 67 70

275 Garth Mulroy (Rsa) 72 67 69 67

277 Tjaart Van Der Walt (Rsa) 70 68 68 71, Desvonde Botes (Rsa) 74 67 66 70, Andy Sullivan 70 70 69 68, Mark Tullo (Chi) 69 69 68 71

278 Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 70 71 64 73, Ricardo Santos (Por) 71 66 70 71, Andrew Curlewis (Rsa) 69 73 69 67

279 Brett Rumford (Aus) 71 70 68 70, Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 74 70 66 69, Adilson Da Silva (Bra) 62 68 73 76

280 James Kingston (Rsa) 69 71 69 71, Seve Benson 71 71 68 70

281 John Parry 68 66 73 74, David Higgins 70 68 69 74, Lorenzo Gagli (Ita) 73 69 66 73

282 Jorge Campillo (Spa) 73 70 63 76, Morten Orum Madsen (Den) 71 69 67 75

283 Oliver Bekker (Rsa) 69 67 72 75, Bjorn Akesson (Swe) 70 70 71 72, Lyle Rowe (Rsa) 74 67 71 71, Eddie Pepperell 77 67 67 72, Chris Paisley 73 70 69 71

284 David Drysdale 74 67 71 72, Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) 71 72 67 74, Matthew Nixon 77 67 67 73, Lee Slattery 74 68 68 74, Trevor Fisher Jnr (Rsa) 72 69 69 74

285 Phillip Price 69 74 66 76, Jake Roos (Rsa) 72 72 72 69, James Morrison 72 72 69 72, Danie Van Tonder (Rsa) 73 71 68 73, Wallie Coetsee (Rsa) 69 73 75 68, Jonathan Moore (USA) 76 67 68 74, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 72 71 67 75, Keith Horne (Rsa) 76 68 66 75

286 Merrick Bremner (Rsa) 72 71 70 73, Vaughn Groenewald (Rsa) 71 73 71 71

287 Brandon Pieters (Rsa) 76 68 70 73, Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 73 70 74 70, Mikko Korhonen (Fin) 70 73 66 78, Doug McGuigan 78 66 69 74, Alexandre Kaleka (Fra) 72 67 73 75, Derik Ferreira (Rsa) 69 70 74 74, Charl Coetzee (Rsa) 73 70 67 77

288 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 72 72 68 76, Ulrich Van Den Berg (Rsa) 71 68 72 77, Joost Luiten (Ned) 74 67 73 74, Simon Wakefield 70 73 69 76, Christiaan Basson (Rsa) 72 68 75 73, Tommy Fleetwood 69 72 69 78, Michael Jonzon (Swe) 69 74 73 72, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 69 72 70 77, Louis De Jager (Rsa) 72 71 70 75, Andreas Harto (Den) 72 72 71 73

289 Tyrone Mordt (Rsa) 71 69 71 78, Lasse Jensen (Den) 72 69 72 76, Warren Abery (Rsa) 73 71 69 76, Anthony Snobeck (Fra) 72 71 73 73, Peter Erofejeff (Fin) 73 68 73 75, Jbe Kruger (Rsa) 73 71 71 74, Andrew Marshall 75 66 73 75, Ross McGowan 73 69 71 76

290 Christian Cevaer (Fra) 74 70 76 70, Alessandro Tadini (Ita) 71 73 72 74, Daniel Greene (Rsa) 70 74 71 75, Matthew Baldwin 74 70 68 78

291 Matteo Delpodio (Ita) 72 68 74 77, Alexander Levy (Fra) 73 66 72 80, Christopher Doak 74 67 71 79

292 Justin Walters (Rsa) 72 71 69 80

293 Titch Moore (Rsa) 74 70 69 80, Ryan Strauss (Rsa) 71 71 73 78

294 Jaco Ahlers (Rsa) 71 73 75 75

298 Mark Williams (Rsa) 73 71 81 73


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