CAPE TOWN Darren Fichardt birdied the ultimate gap to safe a one-shot victory on the Joburg Open on Sunday and a primary European Tour title in 4 years.
The 41-year-old South African held his nerve on the final to complete 15-under-par on the rain-affected event on the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Membership, edging Stuart Manley of Wales and Englishman Paul Waring.
Fichardt and Waring had been degree going into the final spherical after the event was minimize to 54-holes due to persistent thunderstorms by the week that left the course waterlogged.
There was one other two-hour delay on Sunday earlier than Fichardt set the early tempo, together with compatriot Jacques Kruyswijk, whose hopes ended with a double bogey six on the 14th.
Fichardt was two photographs forward going into the final three holes however Waring birdied the 16th and Fichardt carded his solely bogey of the spherical on the 17th.
A birdie from shut vary on the 18th, nonetheless, secured his fifth Tour victory and first for the reason that Africa Open in 2013.
Manley had completed early to take the clubhouse lead with a 3rd successive 67. Waring, in search of a primary win in his 9 years on the Tour, shot 69 to share second.
The highest three all secured spots on the Open at Royal Birkdale in July.
(Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape City; Enhancing by Toby Davis)