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Fichardt Claims Tour Championship


Despite a two-shot penalty and three consecutive bogeys, Darren Fichardt recovered sufficiently to clinch the South African Tour Championship title at Leopard Creek.

The South African finished the round with 68, giving him an overall total of 270, 14 under par, sufficient to take the title.

Fichardt contravened Rule 13.2 by repairing a pitch mark on the apron of the sixth green, which lay between his ball and a hole. Rule 13.2 considers the apron to be part of the fairway and therefore Tournament Officials considered Fichardt to be improving his line of play.

Fichardt said. "A two-shot penalty always knocks you and I had to dig deep after that. But the spectators and my family were all cheering me on and I thought, 'Hang on, you're still in this tournament. Don't give up now'."



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