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Darren Fichardt

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 5/13/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 170

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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

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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

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