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Darren Fichardt

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (43) / 5/13/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 170

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Darren Fichardt started fast and finished strong to post T7 at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last time and he also boasts some nice history in this week's Italian Open.
The South African's top 10 in England was his first on the European Tour since another T7 at his home SA Open in January. In fact, he'd played seven events in between and not managed anything better than T40. If this does mark a return to form for the five-time European Tour winner, the Italian Open could be a good event for him to keep the turnaround going. The 43-year-old has played in the last four and posted 32-16-20-18. He'll have to keep that stretch going on a new venue this week as the tournament heads to the 7,201-yard par 71 at Gardagolf CC in Brescia. May 29 - 3:19 PM

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Darren Fichardt made it a pair of South Africans at the head of the field on day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England, matching the earlier clubhouse total of Dean Burmester with a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-34=66. UPDATE Fichardt ended R1 in T2, one shot behind Lucas Bjerregaard.

Fichardt has missed his last seven cuts in this event and failed to shoot lower than 71 since he posted T8 here 14 years ago. He produced his best ever lap of the West Course thanks to six birdies and 12 pars. The veteran, who won on the South African Sunshine Tour in March, birdied the fourth hole and did the bulk of his scoring around the turn thanks to red numbers at 7, 8, 10 and 12. Another gain at 17 was his third birdie on the par 5s but he couldn't complete the set on the 521-yard closer so finished tied with Burmester. The duo are a shot clear of English pair Richard Bland and Matt Fitzpatrick but whether they'll stay there remains to be seen with the afternoon players making plenty of early birdies.
May 24 - 9:18 AM

Darren Fichardt will look to re-jig a loss of form in this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC in Qatar.

The South African enjoyed the 2017 season, winning the Joburg Open and closing it with T6 in the Nedbank Challenge. He rode that wave with T16 in Mauritius, T7 in his home Open, T40 in Abu Dhabi and an opening 66 to lie T10 after 18 holes in Dubai. Whereupon he lost his mojo. A 75 saw him crash out of the Desert Classic, he failed to make the cut on the Sunshine Tour's Eye of Africa Championship and then lurched to an early exit in the Oman Open with 79-77. As the 2003 champion on this course (and T3 in 2006) this might be a good place to try and return to better things. He was also T2 at halfway in 2011 and T9 heading into the final round three years ago.
Feb 20 - 10:04 AM

Darren Fichardt connected five birdies on his second nine, authoring a 6-under-par 37-29=66 to end the opening lap of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in a tie for 10th place.

That's four swings back from leader Jamie Donaldson. It looked as if Fichardt might miss out on the excellent scoring conditions when he shot even par on his opening nine after failing to pick up shots on any of the three par 5s and wiping out birdies at 11 and 17 with a double bogey-6 at 12. But it was a completely different story after the turn as the South African went on a birdie blitz and ticked 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. He added another at 7 to sneak inside the top 10. Today's score matches his best round at Emirates GC. That 66 in the third round four years ago helped Fichardt to his best finish here of T13.
Jan 25 - 9:43 AM

Local man Darren Fichardt will continue his bid to win the BMW South African Open for the first time this week.

The Springbok star was runner-up way back in 2000 and has had a further five top six finishes, the most recent at Serengeti in 2012. He's not had the best of it since the tournament moved to Glendower and in the four editions played there he's posted 37-MC-MC-26. However, he has fired a 65 at Glendower and also took second place at the tree-lined track when it staged the local Sunshine Tour's BMG Classic in 2014. Fichardt still remains a genuine force on home soil and won the co-sanctioned Joburg Open in February last year as well as taking T6 in November's Nedbank Golf Challenge. It would be no surprise if he emerged as one of the chief SA contenders.
Jan 9 - 6:35 AM

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."
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 08:05:00 AM

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).
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 01:07:00 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.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 09:46:00 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.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 11:02:00 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.
Wed, May 3, 2017 05:57:00 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.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 09:40:00 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.
Sat, Feb 25, 2017 11:37:00 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."
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 09:41:00 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.
Thu, Jan 12, 2017 12:01:00 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