Fichardt finishes 2nd in Qatar Masters

A closing level-par 71 was not enough for Darren Fichardt to hold onto the lead in the European Tour’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Sunday as Frenchman Antoine Rozner carded a four-under 67 to win by one stroke.

Rozner snatched victory as he holed an incredible 60-foot putt on the last to win his second European Tour title. After leaving himself a long way from the pin on the last, it looked like Rozner needed two putts for a play-off but he drained an incredible double breaker over the ridge to sign for a 67 and finish at eight-under.

Fichardt shared second with India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and Italian Guido Migliozzi.

Brandon Stone finished in a share of seventh with his closing 70, while Shaun Norris carded a level-par 71 to finish in a share of 14th.

Hennie du Plessis bounced back after two poor rounds in the middle of the tournament with a three-under 68 to climb 28 places on the leaderboard into a share of 19th – a good result for the man playing on an invitation.

Garrick Higgo shared 19th with Du Plessis after his 70, Justin Walters closed with a 71 for 35th, and Louis de Jager’s 72 put him at 42nd.

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