Joburg Open 2017

Round 3 - Darren Fichardt wins weather hit event

February 27, 2017

Darren Fichardt won the weather-affected Joburg Open with a 4-under 68 on Sunday for a 1-shot victory over Stuart Manley and Paul Waring in a tournament reduced to three rounds because of rain and a waterlogged course.

South African Fichardt birdied his last hole, straight after dropping a shot on No. 17, to finish 15-under par overall and just ahead of Welshman Manley and Englishman Waring.

The top three secured places in this year's British Open.

The European Tour event at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington was decided over 54 holes after heavy rain on the first and third days led to delays with the course flooded. There was also a two-hour delay on Sunday morning for more rain before play could get underway.

Fichardt claimed his fifth tour title and first in four years with five birdies in the final round but had to lift himself after a mistake on No. 17 to pick up a shot on the last hole to win. He rolled in a two-foot putt to clinch the title, his first on the European Tour since the 2013 Africa Open.

Manley shot a third straight 67 to set the clubhouse target at 14 under, a score matched by Waring. Waring's birdie putt on the last lipped out and would have forced a playoff had it dropped.

Three players tied for fourth behind those two: England's James Morrison and South Africans Brandon Stone and Jacques Kruyswijk.

First-round leader Paul Peterson of the United States finished with a 3-under 69 for a share of seventh place.

Round 3 - Tournament cut to 54 holes

February 26, 2017

The Joburg Open was reduced to 54 holes after more rain left the course waterlogged on Saturday and forced another suspension in play.

Many of the field hadn't started their third round when thunder and lightning prompted organizers to halt play early in the afternoon. Rain then meant the third round will be completed on Sunday and will be the final round at the European Tour event at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

England's Paul Waring and South Africa's Darren Fichardt share the lead on 11 under, with Waring completing a 67 in his second round early on Saturday. Fichardt was one of the few players to finish his second round on Friday.

Two South Africans, Dean Burmester and Jacques Kruyswijk, are tied for third a shot behind.

Round 2 - Darren Fichardt takes clubhouse lead

February 25, 2017

A new putter helped South African Darren Fichardt to a 66 Friday and a one-shot clubhouse lead in the rain-affected Joburg Open golf championship.

"New putter, new grip and I am very comfortable," said the 41-year-old seeking a fifth European Tour triumph and first since the 2013 Africa Open.

"Putting is scoring and it is nice to stand over a putt and feel like you are going to make it."

Pretoria-born Fichardt tops the leaderboard with an 11-under 132 after playing the east and west courses at a soggy Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

Torrential rain Thursday caused a backlog and there was a further delay Friday, meaning many competitors will only complete their second round Saturday.

South African Jacques Kruyswijk lies second, one shot behind, after adding a rollercoaster 70 to a first-round 63.

Title-holder Haydn Porteous (67) of South Africa, Anton Karlsson (68) of Sweden, Stuart Manley (67) of Wales and Aaron Rai (69) of England are a stroke further back.

Among those who will not make the halfway cut are former major winners Trevor Immelman (69) of South Africa and Darren Clarke (73) of Northern Ireland.

Hot putting helped Fichardt to four birdies in the first six holes and an eagle three at eight saw him turn in 31, six under for the day.

His second nine was less spectacular with a bogey on 10 and a birdie on the final hole.

"I have not stumbled into this position," stressed the pacesetter. "It has taken a lot of hard work and perseverance.

"During the last seven weeks I have worked really hard and believe it is beginning to pay off."

Kruyswijk bogeyed the opening hole and birdied the eighth to complete the outward nine in level par.

The inward half reaped greater reward with four birdies and two bogeys under a largely leaden sky.

Round 1 - Paul Peterson leads with opening 62

February 24, 2017

Paul Peterson birdied four of his last five holes to shoot a bogey-free 9-under 62 Thursday before play was suspended because of a waterlogged course in the first round of the Joburg Open.

Peterson holds a two-shot lead over English players Aaron Rai and Paul Waring. Nearly half of the 210-man field was still out on the course when heavy rain arrived, forcing an early end to play.

Torrential rain soaked the course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club through much of the week, leading to the cancellation of the pro-am on Tuesday.

Peterson, a 28-year-old left-hander from Arizona, birdied four of his first six holes in dry early conditions on the West Course, picked up another shot on the ninth hole, and then had an excellent finish.

''I put a new putter in play this week and it proved to be a good first round with it,'' said Peterson, whose only European Tour title came at the Czech Masters last year.

Waring also had nine birdies, along with two bogeys, in his 7-under 65 on the East Course. The 21-year-old Rai - playing only the third European Tour event of his career - had seven birdies and no dropped shots on the same course.

The East Course will be used for the full field after the cut.

South African players have won seven of the 10 editions of the tournament. Jbe Kruger is the best-placed South African after a 65 on the West Course.

There are three qualifying spots for the British Open available at the Joburg Open. Kruger is one of only three players in the field already exempt for the major at Royal Birkdale.

Scores

1 RSA Darren Fichardt -15 - 66 66 68 - 200
T2 ENG Paul Waring -14 - 65 67 69 - 201
T2 WAL Stuart Manley -14 - 67 67 67 - 201
T4 RSA Brandon Stone -13 - 70 65 67 - 202
T4 RSA Jacques Kruyswijk -13 - 63 70 69 - 202
T4 ENG James Morrison -13 - 68 68 66 - 202
T7 ENG Aaron Rai -12 - 65 69 69 - 203
T7 RSA George Coetzee -12 - 66 72 65 - 203
T7 RSA Keenan Davidse -12 - 67 68 68 - 203
T7 USA Paul Peterson -12 - 62 72 69 - 203
T11 RSA Dean Burmester -11 - 66 67 71 - 204
T11 RSA Jaco Prinsloo -11 - 67 70 67 - 204
T11 RSA Louis De Jager -11 - 70 67 67 - 204
T11 FRA Romain Langasque -11 - 65 71 68 - 204
T11 SWE Sebastian Soederberg -11 - 66 70 68 - 204
T16 CHI Ashun Wu -10 - 71 68 66 - 205
T16 RSA Dylan Frittelli -10 - 67 68 70 - 205
T16 ITA Francesco Laporta -10 - 66 71 68 - 205
T16 ENG Laurie Canter -10 - 68 68 69 - 205
T16 ENG Lee Slattery -10 - 69 68 68 - 205
T16 ESP Pep Angles -10 - 66 68 71 - 205
T16 RSA Trevor Fisher Jnr -10 - 68 69 68 - 205
T23 SWE Anton Karlsson -9 - 66 68 72 - 206
T23 SWE Christofer Blomstrand -9 - 71 68 67 - 206
T23 SCO David Drysdale -9 - 64 71 71 - 206
T23 CHN Haotong Li -9 - 73 66 67 - 206
T23 RSA Haydn Porteous -9 - 67 67 72 - 206
T23 RSA Jaco Ahlers -9 - 69 67 70 - 206
T23 RSA Jbe Kruger -9 - 65 72 69 - 206
T23 SWE Jeff Winther -9 - 70 68 68 - 206
T23 SWE Jens Fahrbring -9 - 68 68 70 - 206
T23 USA Justin Hicks -9 - 70 68 68 - 206
T23 SWE Magnus A. Carlsson -9 - 69 70 67 - 206
T23 ENG Mark Foster -9 - 69 67 70 - 206
T23 ENG Max Orrin -9 - 66 71 69 - 206
T23 IRL Paul Dunne -9 - 69 68 69 - 206
T23 SWE Pontus Widegren -9 - 68 68 70 - 206
T38 BRA Adilson Da Silva -8 - 65 72 70 - 207
T38 ENG Anthony Wall -8 - 70 68 69 - 207
T38 RSA Garth Mulroy -8 - 70 69 68 - 207
T38 ENG Graeme Storm -8 - 70 68 69 - 207
T38 RSA Jake Roos -8 - 67 69 71 - 207
T38 ITA Nino Bertasio -8 - 65 73 69 - 207
T38 RSA Oliver Bekker -8 - 68 70 69 - 207
T38 NED Reinier Saxton -8 - 69 70 68 - 207
T38 ENG Sam Walker -8 - 69 70 68 - 207
T38 RSA Thomas Aiken -8 - 71 67 69 - 207
T38 FRA Thomas Linard -8 - 69 68 70 - 207
T38 RSA Tjaart Van Der Walt -8 - 69 68 70 - 207
T50 RSA Andre de Decker -7 - 69 70 69 - 208
T50 ENG Ashley Chesters -7 - 71 68 69 - 208
T50 ENG Chris Hanson -7 - 67 68 70 - 205
T50 SCO David Law -7 - 69 69 70 - 208
T50 SCO Marc Warren -7 - 68 69 71 - 208
T50 GER Maximilian Kieffer -7 - 70 67 71 - 208
T50 RSA Ockie Strydom -7 - 70 67 71 - 208
T50 NZL Ryan Fox -7 - 71 68 69 - 208
T50 ENG Toby Tree -7 - 68 70 70 - 208
T50 ENG Tom Lewis -7 - 70 68 70 - 208
T60 ESP Adrian Otaegui -6 - 71 68 70 - 209
T60 ENG Daniel Brooks -6 - 69 70 70 - 209
T60 USA Daniel Im -6 - 74 64 71 - 209
T60 SCO Duncan Stewart -6 - 72 67 70 - 209
T60 ENG Jordan Smith -6 - 67 71 71 - 209
T60 RSA Le Roux Ferreira -6 - 71 66 72 - 209
T60 RSA Merrick Bremner -6 - 68 67 74 - 209
T60 BEL Thomas Detry -6 - 70 69 70 - 209
CUT SWE Alexander Bjoerk -5 - 68 71 71 - 210
CUT RSA Anthony Michael -5 - 68 71 71 - 210
CUT ENG Chris Paisley -5 - 69 70 71 - 210
CUT RSA Justin Harding -5 - 72 67 71 - 210
CUT RSA Peter Karmis -5 - 70 69 71 - 210
CUT RSA Richard Sterne -5 - 71 68 71 - 210
CUT ENG Robert Dinwiddie -5 - 74 64 72 - 210
CUT ZIM Scott Vincent -5 - 70 69 71 - 210
CUT KOR Soo-Min Lee -5 - 71 68 71 - 210
CUT CAN Wil Bateman -5 - 70 68 72 - 210
CUT SCO Adrien Saddier -4 - 70 69 72 - 211
CUT RSA Andrew Georgiou -4 - 68 71 72 - 211
CUT ENG James Heath -4 - 71 68 72 - 211
CUT ENG Robert Rock -4 - 70 69 72 - 211
CUT FRA Sebastien Gros -4 - 69 68 74 - 211
CUT RSA Jaco Van Zyl -3 - 71 68 73 - 212
CUT FRA Matthieu Pavon -3 - 70 67 75 - 212
CUT SCO Scott Jamieson -3 - 69 67 76 - 212
CUT ENG Garrick Porteous -2 - 74 65 74 - 213
CUT SWE Oscar Stark -2 - - 70 75 - 145
CUT RSA Andrew McLardy -1 - 75 64 75 - 214
CUT RSA Erik Van Rooyen -1 - 73 66 75 - 214
CUT ENG Paul Maddy 2 - 68 69 80 - 217
CUT ENG Gary King 5 - 70 69 81 - 220
CUT RSA Callum Mowat -3 - 73 67 - - 140
CUT RSA Christiaan Basson -3 - 70 70 - - 140
CUT RSA Christiaan Bezuidenhout -3 - 72 68 - - 140
CUT SCO Connor Syme -3 - 71 69 - - 140
CUT FRA Damien Perrier -3 - 67 73 - - 140
CUT RSA Dawie van der Walt -3 - 69 71 - - 140
CUT FRA Gary Stal -3 - 68 72 - - 140
CUT RSA JC Ritchie -3 - 68 72 - - 140
CUT FRA Joel Stalter -3 - 67 73 - - 140
CUT SWE Jonathon Agren -3 - 68 72 - - 140
CUT ENG Oliver Fisher -3 - 68 72 - - 140
CUT ARG Rafa Echenique -3 - 68 72 - - 140
CUT ITA Renato Paratore -3 - 69 71 - - 140
CUT ENG Richard McEvoy -3 - 71 69 - - 140
CUT ENG Simon Dyson -3 - 71 69 - - 140
CUT RSA Theunis Spangenberg -3 - 70 70 - - 140
CUT RSA Zander Lombard -3 - 74 66 - - 140
CUT RSA Alex Haindl -2 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros -2 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT ENG Ben Evans -2 - 67 74 - - 141
CUT GER Bernd Ritthammer -2 - 72 69 - - 141
CUT FRA Clement Sordet -2 - 69 72 - - 141
CUT RSA Colin Nel -2 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT RSA Daniel Greene -2 - 72 69 - - 141
CUT RSA Doug McGuigan -2 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT RSA Jean Hugo -2 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT RSA Jean-Paul Strydom -2 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT SWE Johan Edfors -2 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT POR Jose-Filipe Lima -2 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT FRA Julien Guerrier -2 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT RSA Justin Walters -2 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT ENG Nathan Kimsey -2 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT RSA Shaun Norris -2 - 67 74 - - 141
CUT RSA Sipho Bujela -2 - 72 69 - - 141
CUT ENG Steve Surry -2 - 74 67 - - 141
CUT ENG Steven Tiley -2 - 75 66 - - 141
CUT RSA Thanda Mavundla -2 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT RSA Titch Moore -2 - 68 73 - - 141
CUT ESP Borja Virto -1 - 73 69 - - 142
CUT ENG Eddie Pepperell -1 - 69 73 - - 142
CUT RSA Hennie Du Plessis -1 - 73 69 - - 142
CUT WAL Jamie Donaldson -1 - 70 72 - - 142
CUT RSA Jared Harvey -1 - 72 70 - - 142
CUT SWE Johan Carlsson -1 - 70 72 - - 142
CUT RSA Keith Horne -1 - 70 72 - - 142
CUT ZAM Madalitso Muthiya -1 - 71 71 - - 142
CUT RSA Makgetha Mazibuko -1 - 71 71 - - 142
CUT RSA Mark Williams -1 - 68 74 - - 142
CUT ENG Matthew Nixon -1 - 70 72 - - 142
CUT SWE Niclas Johansson -1 - 72 70 - - 142
CUT SWE Richard S. Johnson -1 - 69 73 - - 142
CUT SWE Rikard Karlberg -1 - 68 74 - - 142
CUT RSA Rourke Van Der Spuy -1 - 69 73 - - 142
CUT RSA Ruan De Smidt -1 - 72 70 - - 142
CUT RSA Vaughn Groenewald -1 - 69 73 - - 142
CUT RSA Bryce Bibby Par - 71 72 - - 143
CUT RSA Bryce Easton Par - 69 74 - - 143
CUT ENG Chris Lloyd Par - 77 66 - - 143
CUT RSA Chris Swanepoel Par - 69 74 - - 143
CUT RSA Darryn Lloyd Par - 72 71 - - 143
CUT RSA Jacques Blaauw Par - 71 72 - - 143
CUT - Kyle McClatchie Par - 78 65 - - 143
CUT ENG Marcus Armitage Par - 71 72 - - 143
CUT DEN Morten Orum Madsen Par - 73 70 - - 143
CUT SWE Niclas Fasth Par - 76 67 - - 143
CUT POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia Par - 73 70 - - 143
CUT RSA Teaghan Gauche Par - 66 77 - - 143
CUT RSA Trevor Immelman Par - 74 69 - - 143
CUT - Ulrich van den Berg Par - 72 71 - - 143
CUT KOR Yong-Eun Yang Par - 71 72 - - 143
CUT RSA Bradford Vaughan 1 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT RSA Heinrich Bruiners 1 - - 73 - - 73
CUT ENG Richard Finch 1 - 69 75 - - 144
CUT ENG Ross McGowan 1 - 76 68 - - 144
CUT RSA Andrew Curlewis 2 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT ENG David Howell 2 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT RSA James Du Preez 2 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT - Jamie Rutherford 2 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT IRL Jeff Hopkins 2 - - 74 - - 74
CUT SCO Scott Henry 2 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT RSA Teboho Sefatsa 2 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT GER Alexander Knappe 3 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT RSA Drikus Van Der Walt 3 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT RSA Gert Myburgh 3 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT RSA Jacquin Hess 3 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT RSA James Kingston 3 - 77 69 - - 146
CUT RSA Lyle Rowe 3 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT RSA Mark Murless 3 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT THA Pavit Tangkamolprasert 3 - 70 76 - - 146
CUT RSA Siphiwe Siphayi 3 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT RSA Steven Ferreira 3 - 75 71 - - 146
CUT RSA Tyrone Ferreira 3 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT IND Jeev Milkha Singh 4 - 78 69 - - 147
CUT ENG John Parry 4 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT RSA Lindani Ndwandwe 4 - 76 71 - - 147
CUT RSA Musiwalo Nethunzwi 4 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT RSA Rhys West 4 - 75 72 - - 147
CUT GER Sebastian Heisele 4 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT NIR Darren Clarke 5 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg 5 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT RSA Allister De Kock 6 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT RSA Desvonde Botes 6 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT - Karabo Mokoena 6 - 76 73 - - 149
CUT - Leorin Pillay 6 - 77 72 - - 149
CUT RSA Neil Schietekat 6 - 73 76 - - 149
CUT RSA Omar Sandys 7 - 73 77 - - 150
CUT CZE Petr Dedek 8 - 74 77 - - 151
CUT ARG Ricardo Gonzalez 8 - 76 75 - - 151
CUT SWE Jens Dantorp 9 - 77 75 - - 152
CUT ZIM Marc Cayeux 10 - 75 78 - - 153
CUT RSA Bryn Flanagan 12 - 79 76 - - 155
DSQ ENG Matthew Southgate 1 - 71 1 - - 72
DSQ RSA James Kamte 2 - 73 1 - - 74
DSQ RSA Wallie Coetsee 4 - 75 - - - 75
DSQ - C. J. Du Plessis 6 - 74 - - - 74
DSQ RSA Michiel Bothma 10 - 80 - - - 80
RET ENG Simon Khan -1 - 69 1 - - 70
RET RSA Eugen Marugi 3 - 75 - - - 75
RET - Danie van Tonder 5 - 77 - - - 77