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Darren Fichardt

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 5/13/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 170

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Local man Darren Fichardt was the last man in the field at this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa but he's making the most of his late call after piecing together a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in Friday's second round to post the early clubhouse 36-hole lead of 4-under 140.
That's currently worth T3 on the live leaderboard and two behind Victor Dubuisson, who has five still to play. Fichardt got into the 72-man line-up after Anthony Wall withdrew and he's putting his vast experience of the Gary Player Country Club to good use. The South African won the Dimension Data Pro-Am here in 2004 and was also T12 in this event the last time he played it in 2013. Today, he had a steady start with a circle at 2 against a square at 4 but after that his only deviations from par were positive. Fichardt ticked the par 5s at 9 and 10 before cashing in again on the long holes with a birdie-4 at 14. The World No. 234, who is currently 87th on the Race to Dubai, said: "I have an opportunity to play this tournament, and I love this track. My game is really where I want it to be." Nov 10 - 8:05 AM

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Error-free Darren Fichardt blasted Crans-sur-Sierre GC with a magnificent 7-under-par 34-29=63 to move into solo second at the Omega European Masters on 12-under 128, one behind leader Scott Hend.

The South African is yet to drop a shot this week and he was simply sensational in completing the back nine in a mere 29 swings. Prior to that he made one front nine birdie (at 7) and eight pars. He then made three birdie-2s (at 11, 13 and 16), an eagle-3 at the 15th and then topped and tailed his round with a birdie-3 at the last. It’s his 14th visit to Crans and he has a best of T10 in 2004. He has every chance of improving on that this year because he is fully three strokes clear of a group of three players tied third (Thongchai Jaidee, Todd Sinnott and Fabrizio Zanotti).
Sep 8 - 1:07 PM

Darren Fichardt had never previously broken 66 in 13 previous appearances in the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre; he changed that today with a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-32=65 in his opener.

That puts him T4 on the live leaderboard and just one behind co-leaders Miguel Angel Jimenez, Tyrrell Hatton and Scott Hend. Fichardt did finish T10 in the 2004 edition and T19 in 2012 so he hasn't just left the picturesque Swiss Alps with a bunch of nice photos but no financial reward. However, after his opening lap (his best R1 score by three shots), he'll hope it can be the foundation for a weekend challenge. Those birdies came at 13 and 15 on his opening nine and then three in his final five holes at 5, 7 and 9. He's down at 106th on the Race to Dubai so needs a big week somewhere.
Sep 7 - 9:46 AM

Darren Fichardt will be keen to turnaround both event and current form when he plays in this week’s 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport.

The South African 42-year-old claimed his fifth European Tour in at the Joburg Open in February and with it a spot in the Open (it was part of the Qualifying Series). Go further back in his career and his second title was the 2003 Qatar Masters, which has to be of note this week because past winners of that tournament include Open winners Paul Lawrie, Ernie Els, Henrik Stenson and Adam Scott, plus links specialists Sergio Garcia and Thomas Bjorn. That said, Fichardt has a truly appalling record in The Open. Not only has he missed five cuts from five, but seven of his ten rounds were 76 or worse (and he has four times posted 80 plus). Perhaps his form offers hope? Maybe not – he’s missed the last five cuts, including all three of the Rolex Series event in the last three weeks.
Jul 17 - 11:02 AM

Darren Fichardt and Brandon Stone will fly the South African flag at the first edition of the GolfSixes at the Centurion Club in St Albans, England this week.

The 41-year-old veteran is now the owner of five European Tour titles, having claimed this year’s Joburg Open with rounds of 66-66-68. Add that to 15 Sunshine Tour wins and this is a man who knows how to cross the finish line. Were he from another nation he might have seen more representative action but as it is an appearance alongside Retief Goosen in the 2000 World Cup (T12) is as much as his previous amounts to. His sole experience of match play golf saw him tumble from the Paul Lawrie tournament in the first round, losing 4&3 to Tyrrell Hatton. And whisper it but he’s only played the weekend 10 times in his last 12 starts in England. Good job the action only starts Saturday this week.
May 3 - 5:57 AM

Local man Darren Fichardt secured his fifth European Tour success after shooting a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in Sunday's closing third round at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's East Course to finish at 15-under 200 and edge out British duo Paul Waring and Stuart Manley by a shot

As well as ending his four-year drought at this level, Fichardt also punches his ticket for this summer's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale (three spots were on offer here). With bad weather reducing the tournament to 54 holes, the South African started Sunday tied for the lead with Waring at 11-under. The duo were still locked together playing the last but Waring's birdie putt on the par-5 18th lipped out, allowing Fichardt to tap in from close range after he'd chipped up from just off the green. That completed a full set of red numbers on the long holes after he'd made his move on the front nine with birdie-4s on 1, 6 and 7. A circle on 12 built his lead to two but a bogey at 17 and birdies elsewhere meant he needed one more par breaker at 18 to get it done. He found it. Fichardt now gets the chance to peg it up in an Open Championship for the first time since 2010. He's never made the cut in his previous five.
Feb 26 - 9:40 AM

The Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa has been reduced to 54 holes after another burst of bad weather Saturday; Darren Fichardt and Paul Waring will start the third and final round tied for the lead at 11-under 132.

After two days of disruptions, the second round was played to a finish Saturday morning with Waring completing a 68 to join Fichardt for the halfway lead. Li Haotong, Garrick Porteous, Andre De Decker, Magnus A. Carlsson and Garth Mulroy all made early progress in round three to hit 7-under but, after an initial suspension, rain, thunder and lightning meant play was called off early for the day with all those at 8-under or better yet to hit a shot in round three. Tournament director David Williams said: "The forecast for tomorrow is pretty good. I think we'll just have to wait and see how much damage is done today. We'll just keep our fingers crossed that we have a reasonably good evening, that we can restart tomorrow and get finished over three rounds." The third round will resume at 07:00 Sunday morning.
Feb 25 - 11:37 AM

Darren Fichardt posted a 6-under-par 31-35=66 in round two of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa, good enough for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead of 11-under 132. UPDATE: Fichardt remained clubhouse leader at close of play Friday although Paul Waring topped the leaderboard on 12-under after 12.

The local man was one of 98 players who had to complete their opening rounds on Friday morning after play was suspended Thursday afternoon due to waterlogging. After a further delay, Fichardt finished off a bogey-free 66 on the par-71 West Course and then matched that score on the tougher, par-72 East. The 41-year-old kicked off with a five-foot birdie at No. 1 and then ticked 3, 4 and 6 before taking the lead on his own with an eagle-3 at 8. He made his first bogey of the week at 10 and, after seven pars, made his 24th hole of the day a birdie-4 to set the clubhouse target. That's currently a shot clear of compatriot Jacques Kruyswijk and two in front of defending champion Haydn Porteous. "I haven’t stumbled into this position," said Fichardt. "It’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of perseverance. I have been working hard the past seven weeks and I think it’s starting to pay off."
Feb 24 - 9:41 AM

Pars were a rarity for Darren Fichardt on day one at the BMW South African Open, but he made more birdies than bogeys in his 4-under-par 32-36=68 which left him T8 and two behind the leaders at Glendower GC.

The 41-year-old is a four-time winner on the European Tour and grew up in Gauteng, at Centurion, not far from the course. He's struggled to play the track when it has hosted this tournament (T37-MC-MC), but was T6 and T2 in three round Sunshine Tour events in 2011 and 2014. His opening effort this week began in glorious fashion with five birdies in the first eight holes (at 1, 2, 5, 7 and 8). After a bogey at No. 9 he bounced back with a sixth par breaker at No. 10, but then squared 12 and 13. An up-and-down round was completed by a final blue number at 17 sandwiched by reds at 16 and 18. Throughout his entire 2016 campaign he was inside the top ten at any stage in only one tournament, but that was enough, as he spent all week there in the BMW International Open before closing out for T2.
Jan 12 - 12:01 PM

Darren Fichardt made a European Tour top five for the first time in over two years thanks to a final round 3-under-par 35-34=69 at the BMW International Open which left him T2 alongside Thorbjorn Olesen on 14-under 274, 3 shots behind winner Henrik Stenson.

Although a winner on the Sunshine Tour at the end of 2015, Fichardt had become markedly less assured on the European Tour of late and this result represents his first top five finish since the start of 2014. He entered the week ranked 152nd in the Race to Dubai but has transformed his season in one fell swoop and he’s done it at Gut Larchenhof; where 7 previous visits had reaped nothing better than T32. On the final day he was assured in circling four red numbers - and dropped his only shot when chasing a fifth on the 72nd hole, in the vain hope of setting a target that the long-time leader Henrik Stenson might stumble and fail to match.
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Darren Fichardt continued his challenge at the BMW International in Germany by painting a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in round two.

On the live leaderboard, the South African's 36-hole tally of 7-under 137 puts him four off the summit and in T4. It was slow progress at first as Fichardt carded seven pars, a birdie (2) and a bogey (5) on Gut Larchenhof's front nine. But he then made his move with circles at 10, 12, 13 and 15 before giving one back at the last. Notably, the 41-year-old split all 14 fairways today and used that as a foundation to find 16 greens in regulation. He's made 10 birdies over the first two rounds but missed plenty of chances too (needed 63 putts). Nevertheless, he remains on course to post, at minimum, a first top 20 of a so far disappointing season.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 09:48:00 AM

Darren Fichardt cruised Gut Larchenhof in 4-under-par 34-34=68 to end the first round in the top ten at the BMW International Open.

The South African has had a muted 2016 season thus far, failing to make the top 25 once in 10 starts. Moreover he has not been seen since missing the cut at both the Irish Open and BMW PGA Championship, recording 80s at both. In a common pattern of the day for those starting on the back nine it was initially plain-sailing for Fichardt, as he chalked red at 13 and 16, then made a hat-trick at 1, 2 and 3. As others did, he then found the final six holes of the front nine less willing to yield shots and he dropped one at No. 5. This is his 8th visit to the course; he's yet to breach the top 30 and has missed the last 4 weekends here.
Thu, Jun 23, 2016 12:15:00 PM

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.
Tue, Feb 9, 2016 06:07:00 AM

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