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Darren Fichardt

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 5/13/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 170

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Darren Fichardt had a fine record in the Tshwane Open at Copperleaf, this week he aims to add to that record at Pretoria CC.
The four-time European Tour winner was solo second in 2013 and T6 in 2014 at the event’s former home, but had to withdraw 12 months ago after a round one 71. Not that he is a stranger to Pretoria CC - anything but. He’s played the course nine times on the Sunshine Tour and last year’s withdrawal was the first time he had outside the top 20. That database of form includes three second-placed finishes. Although a 14-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, this event two years ago was the last time Fichardt made the top ten in a European Tour co-sanctioned South African start. Feb 9 - 6:07 AM

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Darren Fichardt carded a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in his second round at the Porsche European Open in Germany to reach 8-under 134 at the midpoint.

That's just two swings behind clubhouse leader and fellow South African Charl Schwartzel. Fichardt mixed four birdies against a bogey over his first 10 holes at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach and looked as if he'd pass Schwartzel's lead of 10-under. But he lost momentum on the back nine and finished with seven pars and a bogey at 16. He said: "I’m definitely happy with my position right now. It was playing pretty tricky out there today. There is some wind, the ball wasn’t going far, and the pins were pretty sneaky. You could make some big numbers. So two under, I’m happy. I knew today, starting on the front nine when it was cold, would be tricky. I managed to turn in two under and it warmed up, so I thought I could go low. But I shot level par on the back nine, which is the scoring nine. I feel comfortable in this position rather than the cut line. I feel freer. I pick my targets, get my numbers and go for them. I’m enjoying it." Fichardt split 8 (of 13) fairways and hit 14 GIR.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 08:40:00 AM

Darren Fichardt slots in at 115th on the Race To Dubai going into this week's European Tour event, the Made In Denmark.

The South African enjoyed a good spell of form during May and June with T9 at the Open de Espana, T21 at the Irish Open and T13 at the Nordea Masters. Since that top 15 in Sweden he's missed four cuts out of four so will hope a return to Scandinavian soil has a galvanizing effect. Fichardt didn't play in the inaugural Made In Denmark so will be seeing Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort for the first time.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 05:33:00 PM

Darren Fichardt threatened to kick clear of the field at the Open de España before coming apart on the back nine at Real Club de Golf El Prat.

The South African, who shot a 66 in the tough afternoon conditions on day one, had to settle for a 1-over-par 33-40=73 on Friday. At 5-under 139 he's only a shot adrift of the clubhouse lead as it stands but that's still disappointing after the four-time European Tour winner reached 9-under after just seven holes today after a trio of birdies from the fifth. Fichardt's round began to unravel with a bogey-6 at the 10th and he compounded that error with further dropped shots at 11, 13 and 15.
Fri, May 15, 2015 08:36:00 AM

Darren Fichardt stayed strong in the tough afternoon winds to card a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the first round of the Open de España.

That placed the South African in tied second place and just one behind compatriot Trevor Fisher, Jr., who shot a 65 in the easier morning conditions. Starting at the 10th, Fichardt made his move by playing a six-hole stretch from the 15th to the second in 6-under. That run included four birdies and an eagle-3 at the 18th. After hitting 13 greens in regulation and going 4-for-5 in scrambling, he said, "I'm very, very happy -- conditions were tough in the afternoon. I was very impressed with myself because I got into trouble a few times and managed up-and-downs to keep the momentum going."
Thu, May 14, 2015 03:09:00 PM

Darren Fichardt wobbled late in his round again but is still a leaderboard presence at the Shenzhen International.

The South African eventually settled for a 2-under-par 33-37=70 to reach 6-under 138 at the midpoint. Although that's just three off the pace, Fichardt will feel he should be closer. He flew out of the gates with four birdies in the first six holes and moved to within a shot of the lead with another at 13. Then came the dip as he put it in reverse with three straight bogeys before repairing some of the damage with a birdie at 17. For the second day running he split 11 (of 14) fairways but hitting just 10 greens in regulation was a hindrance and he'll need to reduce the bogey count on the weekend. It currently lies at seven.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 05:58:00 AM

Darren Fichardt threatened to end the day as round one leader before settling for a 4-under-par 31-37=68 in his opening round at the Shenzhen International.

After a par at his opening hole, the 10th, the South African reeled off four straight 3s, the third of those an eagle at the par-5 13th. Following a bogey at 15, he responded with two more par breakers to turn in 31 and hit the top of the leaderboard with another birdie at the second. Fichardt, who split 11 (of 14) fairways and found 14 greens in regulation, stalled late on, however, and bogeyed five and six to finish two shots behind surprise leader Wen-yi Huang of China.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 06:03:00 AM

Darren Fichardt carries course horse status as the Tshwane Open moves to a different venue this week.

Pretoria CC has staged numerous South African Sunshine Tour events and, in eight starts there, Fichardt was runner-up three times and never finished outside the top 20. He may have to dig out old yardage books rather than rely on memory, however, as those second places came in 2006, 2008 and 2009. The four-time European Tour winner also enjoyed this event at its previous venue, the Els Club at Copperhead, where he finished second in 2013 and T6 last year. As for latest form, he slid to T70 in last week's Africa Open but, before that, was T18 in Joburg and T3 in the Dimension Data Pro-Am.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 05:36:00 AM

Darren Fichardt has struggled to find his best form at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington but returns for another crack.

As one of the familiar South African names that contest the numerous events co-sanctioned by the European and Sunshine Tours, gamers would expect Fichardt to have featured prominently in previous Joburg Opens. But that isn't the case. Although he's won 13 times on his home tour, the 39-year-old has never bettered T25 (2013) in the seven starts he's made in this event. More encouragement is offered by his 65-65 start in last week's Dimension Data Pro-Am. That gave him the lead at the midpoint and he also topped the leaderboard with a round to go but a closing 75 meant the four-time European Tour winner had to be content with T3.
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 03:59:00 AM

Former winner Darren Fichardt is tracking the leaders at the halfway point of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The South African tacked on a 2-under-par 34-36=70 to his opening 67 to reach 7-under 137 and currently sits just two off the pace set by compatriot George Coetzee and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger. Fichardt won this title in 2003 when beating James Kingston in a playoff and was also third in 2006 and T16 last year. The 39-year-old circled four birdies and two bogeys in his second round, just one of his red numbers coming on a par five. A good putting display helped him compensate for missing six greens in regulation.
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 06:37:00 AM

Darren Fichardt has course form on his side when he tees it up in this week's South African Open Championship.

The 39-year-old finished runner-up in the Sunshine Tour's BMG Classic at Glendower Golf Club in mid-October and the same layout is hosting this week's European Tour event. Fichardt was 37th when the par 72 staged last year's South African Open, rebounding from an opening 77 with a seven-under-par 65 in round two. A 13-time winner in his native South Africa, he's also posted six top 10s in his last eight starts on home soil while he's 9-for-9 in cuts made worldwide since the start of October 2014. Having finally won a European Tour event in South Africa in February 2013, the Centurion resident will have the belief he can beat a modest field containing no big-name Europeans.
Mon, Jan 5, 2015 05:47:00 PM

Darren Fichardt enters this week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions ranked 142nd in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The four-time European Tour winner has found some form as of late, finishing top 25 in three of his last four events worldwide, including a runner-up finish at the BMG Classic. His success on the European and Sunshine Tour's has not translated to the big stage, as he's 0-for-6 in major championships. The South African has current form on his side, but he'll be a longshot for contention this week.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 10:55:00 PM

Darren Fichardt makes his third World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship appearance this week.

The South African is in excellent form, finishing inside the top 16 in five of his last six starts across the globe. His first trip to Trump National Doral was in 2000, finishing T40. Fichardt returned in 2004 and tied for 59th. Course history should be taken with a serious grain of salt, as Doral underwent a major redesign after last year's event. Not a member of the PGA TOUR, he ranks 99th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 09:25:00 PM

For finishing second on the Sunshine Tour's Order of Merit, Darren Fichardt qualified for the 2014 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

The South African tied for 50th at The Nelson Mandela Championship today, but he laid the foundation for the exemption (awarded to the top two in season-long earnings) with a win in February and a trio of runner-up finishes thereafter. It will be his third appearance in the WGC but first at Trump National Doral. He first qualified in 2000 at Valderrama in Spain, and then again in 2004 at Mount Juliet Conrad in Ireland. In his only PGA TOUR start since the 2011 season, the 38-year-old posted a T61 at the WGC-HSBC Champions six weeks ago.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 05:54:00 PM

Darren Fichardt carded a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in his final round of the Africa Open to record a two-stroke victory.

It wasn't the prettiest of titles but the South African will take it. He and fellow countryman Jaco Van Zyl shared the overnight lead. They remain tied through six holes today before Fichardt opened a margin he wouldn't relinquish despite a good effort to do so. Bogey-free 4-under through 13, he then dropped shots at 14, 16 and 17 to post 16-under 69-67-65-71=272. But on a windy day at East London Golf Club in the Eastern Cape province, he was able to hold on for his fourth career European Tour victory and first since last year's Saint-Omer Open. Van Zyl closed with a 73 to share second place with Grégory Bourdy (70) at 14-under 274. Garth Mulroy shared low-round honors on Sunday with a 67 to take fourth place outright at 13-under 275.
Sun, Feb 17, 2013 10:08:00 AM