Fichardt eyes British Open scalp
Golfer confident of winning first major after his triumph at the Joburg Open
Darren Fichardt believes his stellar showing at the Joburg Open will enable him to win the big one – the British Open – which he has contested five times, but has failed to finish after missing the cut each time. In winning the Joburg Open, the Pretoria golfer sank a two-foot putter, which gave him a onestroke win and R2.6 million at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club last Sunday. He carded -15 for a total of 200 to dispose of Stuart Manley of Wales and Englishman Paul Waring to lift the trophy.
In doing so, Fichardt qualified together with the two runners-up to compete at the British Open, which will be contested at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport in the UK from July 20 to 23.
But it is the thought of winning the big British Open – the world’s oldest of the four major golf championships – that occupies his mind the most.
He tried his luck without success in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010. In all years, he registered scores that did not allow him to proceed to the next round.
Fichardt joins five other South African players – Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel,