Darren Fichardt of South Africa hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)
Osama Faisal
February 26, 2017

JOHANNESBURG (AP) 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 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. There was also a two-hour delay on Sunday morning before play could get underway.

Fichardt claimed his fifth tour title and first in four years with five birdies in the final round.

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