Darren Fichardt
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Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
6
3
3
4
4
4
3
4
35
5
4
4
4
5
4
3
4
3
36
71
2
4
6
4
2
4
3
4
4
4
35
4
3
3
4
5
4
3
4
3
33
68
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
3
4
4
3
4
3
33
69
4
5
4
4
3
4
5
4
4
5
38
5
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
5
36
74
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
4
6
3
3
4
4
4
3
4
35
2
4
6
4
2
4
3
4
4
4
35
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
4
5
4
4
3
4
5
4
4
5
38
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
4
4
4
5
4
3
4
3
36
71
2
4
3
3
4
5
4
3
4
3
33
68
3
5
4
3
3
4
4
3
4
3
33
69
4
5
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
5
36
74
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
0
0
0
14
Birdies
4
6
3
3
16
11
Pars
11
10
15
10
46
15
Bogeys
3
2
0
5
10
14
Double Bogeys/+
0
0
0
0
0
18
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
29
25
28
29
28
23
Putts per GIR
1.77
1.58
1.77
1.88
1.75
17
Greens in regulation
72.22 %
66.67 %
72.22 %
44.44 %
63.89 %
20
Sand Saves
0/0
2/3
0/0
1/1
3/4

Born: 13 May 1975.

Turned pro: 1994.

Country: South Africa.

Family: Wife - Natasha. Children - Ethan, Tristan.

Special interests:Watersports, movies.

Career highlights: A four-time winner on the European Tour. Ranks tied 10th in all-time victories on the Sunshine Tour.

2013 highlights:

2013 Majors: The Masters - Did not play. The US Open - Did not play. The Open - Missed cut. The PGA Championship - Did not play.

NGC record: Debut.


Story

Darren Fichardt's place atop the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit this year not only secured him a spot in the 2013 Nedbank Golf Challenge but also entrenched his status as one of the most consistent performers on the local circuit since he turned professional in 1994.

Fichardt ranks tied 10th in all-time victories on the Sunshine Tour with his 13 titles. And his four wins on the European Tour have confirmed his global potential.

Fichardt was born in Pretoria and he attended Sutherland High School in Centurion, where he now lives. He turned professional in 1994, his first year out of school. His local breakthrough came in the 1997 Bearing Man Highveld Classic, where he beat Sean Pappas by a single stroke.

He has gone on to win consistently on the Sunshine Tour as well as claiming the Order of Merit in the 1999/2000 and 2003/2004 seasons.

Fichardt's international breakthrough came when he won the 2001 Sao Paulo Brazil Open on the European Tour. He followed this up with a win in the 2003 Qatar Masters, beating fellow South African James Kingston in a playoff.

But while he continued to win on the Sunshine Tour, Fichardt experienced a nine-year drought of victories on the European Tour. He ended this with a win in the 2012 Saint-Omer Open.

Fichardt travels with his wife, Natasha, who is a trained sports psychologist and is often the key to victory for her husband. One of the highlights of his career was partnering Retief Goosen in the 2000 World Cup of Golf.

But teeing it up in the exclusive 30-man field of the Nedbank Golf Challenge is definitely a new highlight forhim.

"It means a lot. Growing up, this is Africa's Major, and when I was watching golf as a young boy it was always the Nedbank Golf Challenge that caught my eye. It's a great honour to be able to play in it," said Fichardt.

The Gary Player Country Club golf course also suits his game, with Fichardt winning the 2004 Dimension Data Pro-Am there.

"I love the golf course. You have to hit it straight and you have to putt well, which is my game. I think it's going to be a very exciting week."