Monday, 18 February 2013
Darren Fichardt - Africa Open Winner 2013  (Getty Images)
Darren Fichardt - Africa Open Winner 2013 (Getty Images)
South Africa’s Darren Fichardt continued his country’s dominance of events on home soil by taking Africa Open glory and it was due in no small part to some exquisite form on the greens.

Looking at the Genworth Financial Statistics for the week, the reason for Fichardt’s victory is abundantly clear; 1.54 Putts per GIR to rank second in the field, and an average of 25.5 Putts per Round to finish top of the pile.

Impressive numbers, and helped in part by a Greens in Regulation percentage of 61.1 to rank 47th, but that takes nothing away from what was clearly a player in exemplary form both on and around the greens.

This comes as no surprise, though, for a man whose numbers were equally impressive throughout 2012, ranking 64th in Putts per GIR with 1.781, and an average of 29.1 Putts per Round to rank 17th.

Fichardt clearly has great touch on the greens, but his form from the tee was also impressive at East London Golf Club, hitting three quarters of his fairways to rank 11th for the week.

He may have wobbled coming home with three bogeys on the back nine in Sunday’s final round, but there was no stopping this putting machine from picking up his fourth European Tour win, and his second in eight months, having waited nine years for his victory last June at the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal.

Here’s what was in his bag:

Ball 
           

Titleist, Pro V1 X

Shoe 
            Footjoy
Driver            

Callaway, X Hot Pro - 8.5°

1st Fairway Wood             Ping, Anser - 14.5°
               
1st Utility Club             Ping, Anser - 17°
               
3 - 7 Iron
           

Titleist, 712 CB

               
8 -9 Iron             Titleist, 712 MB
Pitching Wedge             

Titelist, 712 MB

Sand Wedge             

Titleist, Vokey SM4 - 54°

Lob Wedge             

Titleist, Vokey SM4 - 60°

               
Putter             

Odyssey, White Ice Sabertooth 2

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