Sunday, 26 February 2017
Darren Fichardt celebrates with his caddie after winning the Joburg Open  (Getty Images)
Darren Fichardt celebrates with his caddie after winning the Joburg Open (Getty Images)
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2017 – JOBURG OPEN

DARREN FICHARDT

• His fifth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 332nd official European Tour event.

• Moves to 221,165 points in the Race to Dubai.

• Could move to just outside the top 190 in the Official World Golf Ranking, from 313th. 

• His first European Tour victory since the 2013 Africa Open – a gap of four years and nine days.

• In that time has played in 98 official European Tour events between victories.

• This victory beats his previous best finishes since his 2013 win of second in the 2013 Tshwane Open and tied second in the 2016 BMW International Open.

• This victory beats his previous best 2017 European Tour performance of tied 26th in the BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni.

• Victory comes in his 11th appearance in the Joburg Open. (Has played in every Joburg Open since the event began in 2007).

• This victory beats his previous best finish in the Joburg Open of tied 18th in 2015.

• Becomes the seventh winner to lead or share the lead going into the final round this season.

• Continues with his 100% winning record of winning all five of his European Tour titles when leading or sharing the lead going into the final round.

• Continues with South Africa’s domination of the Joburg Open. Follows Richard Sterne (2008, 13), Charl Schwartzel (2010-11), Branden Grace (2012), George Coetzee (2014) and Haydn Porteous (2016), as South African winners of the event.

OTHER FACTS

• The 139th South African victory in European Tour history.

• Becomes the second South African victory of the 2017 season. They are: Brandon Stone (Alfred Dunhill Championship) and Darren Fichardt (Joburg Open).

• South Africa is the third country this season to record multiple victories, following England and Australia.

• Gains an exemption into The 146th Open Championship in July as a result of being one of the leading three players who finish inside the top ten not already exempt.

• His second European Tour title on home soil, following the 2013 Africa Open.

• His first European Tour victory since reaching the age of 40, aged 41 years and 289 days.

• Becomes the oldest winner on the 2017 European Tour, beating Brett Rumford, who was 39 years and 214 days when he won the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.

• Aged 41 years and 289 days becomes the oldest winner of the Joburg Open, beating the previous record of Anders Hansen, who was 38 years and 117 days in 2009.

• The first player over 40 to win on the European Tour since Padraig Harrington, who was 45 years and 53 days, when he won the 2016 Portugal Masters.

• Gains a European Tour exemption until the end of the 2018 season.

• Gains his 21st win as a professional.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1FICHARDT, DarrenRSA18-15
T2MANLEY, StuartWAL18-14
T2WARING, PaulENG18-14
T4MORRISON, JamesENG18-13
T4STONE, BrandonRSA18-13
T4KRUYSWIJK, JacquesRSA18-13

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