Name:Darren Clive Fichardt
Born:May 13, 1975 in Pretoria, S Africa.
Original/Home Club:Sutherland H.S., Centurion, RSA
Multiple winner on the European and other international Tours. Winner of the 1999/2000 South African Tour Order of Merit.
Fichardt grew up in Centurion, a large municipality between Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Eye of Africa
Played as the Eye of Africa PGA Championship (Jan 16-19; Sunshine Tr event). Fichardt (RSA) beat Matias Calderon (Chile) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Eye of Africa Estate, nr Eikenhof, nr Johannesburg, S Africa].
Played as the inaugural Tour Championship at Serengeti (March 15-18; Sunshine Tr 2017/18 season-ending event). Second-placed Oliver Bekker (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Fichardt (RSA). [Signature course, Serengeti Estates, nr Johannesburg, RSA].
Played as the Joburg Open (Feb 23-26; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event; first of two Joburg Opens in 2017). Second-placed Stuart Manley (Wales) and Paul Waring (Eng) finished 1 shot behind home-country winner Darren Fichardt (RSA), who claimed his fifth European Tour title. Reduced to 54-holes due to persistent storms on first three days. [East course, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, RSA. Earlier rounds on East & West courses].
Played as the Africa Open (Feb 14-17; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed Grégory Bourdy (Fra) finished 2 shots behind Darren Fichardt (RSA), who recorded his fourth European Tour win. [East London GC, Eastern Cape, RSA].
Played as the Saint-Omer Open presented by Neuflize OBC (June 14-17; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Gary Lockerbie (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Fichardt (RSA). [Aa St Omer Golf Club, Lumbres, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France].
Played as the Dimension Data Pro-Am (Feb 11-14; Sunshine Tr event). Second-placed Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Fichardt (RSA). [Montagu course, Fancourt, George, Western Cape, RSA].
Played as the Nashua Masters (Jan 29-Feb 1; Sunshine Tr event). Second-placed and defending champion Marc Cayeux (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Fichardt (RSA). [Wild Coast Sun CC, Port Edward, Eastern Cape].
Played as the Dimension Data Pro-Am (Jan 29-Feb 1; Sunshine Tr 2003/04 season). Second-placed Nick Price (Zim) and Ulrich van den Berg (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Fichardt (RSA). [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, RSA].
2003/04 Sunshine Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won for the second time in his career by Fichardt (RSA) with season earnings of R726,059. Andrew McLardy (RSA) was second with R617,278; Desvonde Botes (RSA) was third with R457,265.
Played as the Qatar Masters (March 13-16; European Tour event). Darren Fichardt (RSA) beat James Kingston (RSA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record his second European Tour win. [Doha GC, Qatar].
Played as the Sao Paulo Brazil Open (March 22-25; co-sanctioned with Eurpn Tr). Second-placed José Cóceres (Arg), Richard Johnson (Swe) and Brett Rumford (Aus) finished 5 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Fichardt (RSA). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Sao Paulo GC, Santo Amoro, Sao Paulo, Brazil].
1999/2000 South Africa Tour Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won by Fichardt (RSA) with season earnings of R558,735. Nic Henning (RSA) was second with R525,388; Tjaart van der Walt (RSA) was third with R443,705. Known as the Vodacom Southern Africa Tour.
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