The Herald (Harare)

10 April 2013

Zimbabwe: Fichardt Snubs Spanish Open

2013 Africa Open Champion Darren Fichardt has withdrawn from the Spanish Open next week and accepted an invitation to take part in the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open set for this coming week at Royal Harare.

The star will be one of the highly-rated foreign professionals at the prestigious golf tournament.

The Zambezi Tour director, Mike Mahachi, said he was happy to have players of Fichardt's calibre gracing the occasion

"I am pleased to advise that Darren Fichardt, a former Zimbabwe Open Champion in 2001, will be part of the field that will turn up for next week's event," Mahachi said.

"The golfer has won four European Tour events, including the Qatar Masters, so he is one of the high-profile players to look forward to. With a world ranking of 85, at the beginning of this week, he will be the highest ranked player in the field."

Fichardt is a South African professional born on May 13 1975 in Pretoria and he grew up in Centurion and plays on both the European and Sunshine Tours.

Wikipedia says of him, "He attended Sutherland High School from 1988 to 1993, where his talent for golf was nurtured.

He turned professional in 1994 and he won the Southern Africa Tour now the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in 1999-2000 and 2003-04 seasons. Fichardt partnered Retief Goosen in South Africa's WGC-World Cup team in 2000. Fichardt has played on the European Tour since 2001 and has won four European Tour events. His best year-end ranking on the Order of Merit is 39th achieved in 2003.

In 2012, Fichardt ended a nine-year title drought on the European Tour when he won the Saint-Omer Open by three strokes from Gary Lockerbie. The victory earned him his third European Tour title. Fichardt followed this up in the 2013 season, when he won the Africa Open, in his native South Africa in February.

He claimed his fourth European Tour title by two strokes over Gregory Bourdy and Jaco Van Zyl.

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