Solid top-10 finish for Fichardt in British Challenge

Aug 6, 2023 | Featured, South Africans abroad

It was a top-10 finish for Darren Fichardt on Sunday, and it could have been better in the Challenge Tour’s British Challenge at St Mellion Estate in Cornwall, England, as he closed with a one-over-par 73.

Fichardt made three birdies and four bogeys in his closing round, and slipped to four-under-par for the tournament in a share of 10th. In the end, he was eight strokes off the winning 12-under-par total of England’s Alex Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick romped home by five strokes from 54-hole leader Stuart Manley of Wales, England’s Ross McGowan and Tom Vaillant of France.

Fichardt started promisingly enough with a birdie on the third, but three bogeys in the four holes ahead of the turn set him back. He birdied 12 and 17, but dropped another shot on the 14th. Hi is, however, projected to rise to 25th on the Race to Mallorca, the Challenge Tour rankings, which see the top 20 players at the end of the season gaining their DP World Tour cards.

Brandon Stone closed with a one-under 71, lifting him to a share of 17th on two-under. Wilco Nienaber had a horror closing round, with a triple-bogey, two doubles and five bogeys on his card spoiling the two birdies he made. The resultant 10-under 82 saw him slide all the way down to a share of 50th on five-over for the tournament.

Luke Jerling closed with a four-over to finish in a share of 53rd on six-over, and JJ Senekal had a three-over 75 to finish on 11-over in a share of 60th.

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