Darren Fichardt Wins in St Omer

  • Last Updated: June 17 2012, 16:54 BST

Darren Fichardt survived a rough final round to clinch his third European Tour title as he won the St Omer Open by three shots from Gary Lockerbie.

Fichardt: Celebrates his triumph

As high winds in Lumbres pushed the scores up once again, Fichardt closed with a two over par 73 and found himself under pressure from Lockerbie and Simon Wakefield as a lead that at one stage on Saturday stood at eight shots almost blew away.

"It was messy today," the 37-year-old told the European Tour website.

"It definitely wasn't pretty. I was absolutely terrified and I was happy we didn't have to play any more holes.

"To win is awesome. The last four years I've had injuries and missed out at the Qualifying School a couple of times, and you wonder if you'll ever make it back.

"So it was amazing to get my card last year back at Q School, and to win on my ninth start this season is a dream come true. The exemption for next season is very welcome."

Wakefield, despite a double bogey on the fifth, had looked the most likely to catch him as he made the turn two under par on the day.

But his back nine included four bogeys - three in a row between 12 and 14 - as he slipped away.

One final bogey on the 18th then cost him a share of second place as Lockerbie came through with birdies on the 16th an 17th.

Lockerbie said: "I haven't had much luck in the past here, so this is a welcome change.

"I knew Darren would have to have a complete disaster for anyone else to win, but I knew second place was up for grabs and I'm very pleased I was able to finish well.

"This tournament is like a Major for the Challenge Tour so I'm delighted with my performance."

Fichardt finished five under par for the weekend with Lockerbie three shots back and Wakefield four.

They were the only three in the field to finish under par for the tournament with Charlie Ford, Adam Gee, Pelle Edberg and Wil Besseling tied for fourth at two over par.

Fichardt had begun the day with a five-shot lead, and admitted he needed to lean on his experience to hang on as he began to falter.

"I've been in the lead before going into the final round, so I was familiar with the feeling," he said.

"But this golf course has a lot of trouble, and if you try and play safe you can just end up in even more trouble, so I was happy to get the job done in the end.

"I was struggling with the lines and pace of putts on the greens, and my club selection was out today, but in the end I got it round and made a few good putts to save par."

Collated final round scores & totals

(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 71):

279 Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 68 69 69 73

282 Gary Lockerbie 69 75 69 69

283 Simon Wakefield 67 72 72 72

286 Wil Besseling (Ned) 71 69 73 73, Adam Gee 67 72 75 72, Charlie Ford 74 69 73 70, Pelle Edberg (Swe) 70 72 72 72

287 James Heath 71 70 74 72, Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 73 72 71 71, Bjorn Akesson (Swe) 75 72 70 70

288 Mark Tullo (Chi) 78 68 67 75, Justin Walters (Rsa) 73 68 77 70, Simon Thornton 71 69 75 73, Chris Paisley 71 76 72 69

289 Chris Gane 73 73 71 72, Sihwan Kim (Nor) 67 69 81 72, Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 75 71 72 71, Carlos Aguilar (Spa) 72 73 73 71, Daniel Brooks 76 69 71 73, Alastair Forsyth 69 72 74 74, Christophe Brazillier (Fra) 77 69 75 68, Alexandre Kaleka (Fra) 71 75 73 70

290 David Howell 73 70 73 74, Reinier Saxton (Ned) 71 72 74 73, Julien Guerrier (Fra) 71 72 74 73, Andreas Harto (Den) 72 74 70 74, Raymond Russell 68 75 74 73

291 Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 73 74 68 76, Berry Henson (USA) 69 74 77 71, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 74 72 76 69, Steven Tiley 69 75 76 71, Joachim B Hansen (Den) 75 71 75 70, Thomas Norret (Den) 70 73 73 75, Andrew Marshall 72 71 76 72, Taco Remkes (Ned) 74 70 73 74

292 Jamie Elson 70 73 75 74, Federico Colombo (Ita) 73 70 74 75, Edouard Dubois (Fra) 70 75 75 72, Florian Praegant (Aut) 71 74 76 71, Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 75 71 73 73, Lloyd Saltman 70 74 77 71

293 Shiv Kapur (Ind) 73 74 75 71, Espen Kofstad (Nor) 76 69 77 71, Benn Barham 70 72 80 71, Rafael Echenique (Arg) 74 72 72 75, Thomas Feyrsinger (Aut) 75 72 76 70, Ben Parker 76 71 73 73, Benjamin Hebert (Fra) 75 72 74 72, Andrea Perrino (Ita) 73 68 74 78

294 Craig Lee 72 72 77 73, Roope Kakko (Fin) 70 73 76 75, Raul Quiros (Spa) 68 74 78 74, Matthew Zions (Aus) 73 72 72 77, Gary Stal (Fra) 72 74 73 75, Jason Knutzon (USA) 73 71 79 71

295 Andrew Johnston 74 69 77 75, Jordi Garcia (Spa) 74 73 70 78, Stuart Davis 74 72 73 76, Andy Sullivan 70 71 80 74, Klas Eriksson (Swe) 73 74 72 76, Nicolas Meitinger (Ger) 75 70 75 75

296 Tyrrell Hatton 72 70 78 76, Raphael Eyraud (Fra) 71 76 75 74, Colm Moriarty 69 77 77 73, Dominique Nouailhac (Fra) 74 73 76 73, Fredrik Henge (Swe) 77 69 73 77, Matthew Southgate 73 73 77 73, Christopher Doak 75 72 74 75, Anthony Snobeck (Fra) 69 73 79 75

298 Daniel Denison 71 70 81 76, Carl Suneson (Spa) 72 75 80 71, Guillaume Cambis (Fra) 75 71 70 82, David Dixon 77 69 76 76, Augustin Domingo (Spa) 74 71 82 71

299 Alvaro Velasco (Spa) 75 72 75 77, Andrew Parr (Can) 74 73 81 71

300 Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 71 76 74 79

303 David McKenzie (Aus) 76 70 78 79, Floris De Vries (Ned) 74 73 83 73

304 Johan Wahlqvist (Swe) 75 71 80 78

306 Sam Hutsby 71 75 76 84