Date: February 18, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Fichardt wins Africa Open, Rumford 12th

South Africa&aposs Darren Fichardt captured his fourth European Tour victory on Sunday with a two-stroke win at the Africa Open, while Australian Brett Rumford tied for 12th place. Fichardt ensured the trophy was won by a local for the sixth time since the tournament&aposs inception in 2008, when he signed off on a one-under 71 in the final round to finish at 16-under overall. The 37-year-old led by as many as three shots on the back nine, but bogeys on 16 and 17 made for a nervous finish, with compatriot and playing partner Jaco van Zyl breathing down his neck. However, it was Van Zyl – chasing his first European Tour victory – who blinked on the 18th with a bogey, while Fichardt sunk a regulation par putt to seal the win at Eastern Cape. “I started losing focus,” Fichardt said. “I was four shots ahead and I started taking it for granted. “I was putting unbelievable and then I missed a short putt at the 14th and thought &aposwhat&aposs going on here?&apos “This is one of my favourite tournaments. The golf course is second to none – you&aposve got to hit a lot of knock down shots and irons off the tee.” Frenchman Gregory Bourdy fired a two-under 70 on Sunday to claim a share of second place at 14-under with van Zyl. Another local, Garth Mulroy, was outright fourth after his five-under 67 took him to 13-under. England&aposs Andy Sullivan carded a four-under 68 – his best round of the week – to finish on 11-under alongside South Africans Desvonde Botes and Tjaart van der Walt, and Chilean Mark Tullo. Rounding out the top 10 were South African Andrew Curlewis, Portugal&aposs Ricardo Santos and Argentine Emiliano Grillo – with Curlewis the best performed of the trio in the final round with a five-under 67. Halfway leader Adilson da Silva failed to back up his opening 36 holes by signing off on a four-over 76 in his finale to end the event in a tie for 12th. The Brazilian was level with Rumford and South African Thomas Aiken on nine-under. Rumford closed his tournament with a 70 to make it four consecutive rounds below par in a consistent performance.