Date: March 03, 2014
Author: Nicholas McGee, Omnisport

Fisher holds off Hoey, Van Tonder to win Tshwane Open

Ross Fisher claimed his first European Tour title since August 2010 with a three-shot victory at the Tshwane Open on Sunday.

The Englishman had started the final day of play at the Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate in Centurion, South Africa, five shots clear of the chasing pack.

And the 33-year-old was able to hold off stern challenges from Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey and home favourite Danie van Tonder to secure his first Tour win since the 2010 Irish Open.

Fisher finished the tournament 20 under par after a final-round 70, with Van Tonder and Hoey both ending three shots back on 17 under.

Hoey reduced the deficit to Fisher to just one shot with a fine start to a last round that saw him card third birdies and an eagle in his first 11 holes.

However, the 35-year-old then found the water with his approach at the 12th, with that error leading to a damaging double bogey.

Meanwhile, Van Tonder produced an excellent bogey-free, six-under 66 in his final round, but both his and Hoey's prospects of victory were all but ended when Fisher eagled the par-five 15th.

Spain's Carlos del Moral finished fourth on 16 under, while South African Hennie Otto rounded off the top five with a score of 15 under.

But the day belonged to Ryder Cup hopeful Fisher, who was quick to highlight his eagle at the 15th as vital to his sucess.

"It was testing out there owing to the weather conditions so I am thrilled to be champion," Fisher said.

"I had a couple of wobbles but always believed the trophy would be mine. The 15th was the key hole. It was my second eagle of the tournament there and I felt confident about the putt after taking my time reading the line.

"Putting has been my Achilles heel for many, many years, but I loved the greens here and got the lines correct most of the time."