Fichardt holds off Van Zyl at Africa Open

Feb. 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM

EAST LONDON, South Africa, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Darren Fichardt shook off three late bogeys Sunday, hanging on to win the Africa Open by two strokes with a final round of 1-under 71.

The South African looked like a sure bet for his fourth career European Tour title after he sank a 20-foot birdie putt at the 13th to put himself four strokes clear of third-round co-leader Jaco Van Zyl at minus-19.

But he stumbled to bogeys on the 14th, 16th and 17th holes, giving Van Zyl an opening.

Fichardt claimed the crown when Van Zyl bogeyed the 18th, ending at 16-under-par 272.

Van Zyl registered a 1-over 73, finishing in a second-place tie with Gregory Bourdy (70) two shots back at 14-under.

Sole possession of fourth place at minus-13 went to Garth Mulroy (5-under 67), while Andy Sullivan (68), Desvonde Botes (70), Mark Tullo (71) and Tjaart van der Walt (71) shared fifth place at 11-under.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Los Angeles Dodgers trade for Mat Latos, Mike Morse from Miami Marlins
Mexico ousts national team coach
Baseball Hall of Fame to change voting eligibility
Andres Blanco's double keeps Philadelphia Phillies rolling
Aggressive Miami Marlins down Washington Nationals