Fichardt eyes Bri­tish Open scalp

Golfer con­fi­dent of win­ning first ma­jor af­ter his tri­umph at the Joburg Open

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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,

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