Fisher wins Tshwane Open

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Ross Fisher ended a four-year European Tour title drought with a three-stroke victory in the Tshwane Open.

The 33-year-old Englishman finished with a two-under-par 70 to win from Northern Irishman Michael Hoey and South African Danie van Tonder.

Fisher, whose last triumph came at the 2010 Irish Open, sealed first place with an eagle three on 15, his medium-distance left-to-right putt always on course for the pin.

It gave him a four-shot cushion at the par-72, 7,281-metre (7,964-yard) The Els Club Copperleaf, the longest European circuit layout.

The Englishman, ranked 82 in the world, was a model of consistency over the course west of Highveld city Pretoria, shooting rounds of 66, 65, 67 and 70 for a 20-under 268 total.

He trailed compatriot Simon Dyson and South African Trevor Fisher junior by one shot following the opening round, took the second-round lead and was never headed during the weekend.

Hoey did slash the five-stroke overnight advantage of Fisher to a single shot after 11 holes by sinking a long birdie-three putt.

But the Irishman found water with his approach shot at the next hole, and was punished with a double-bogey six, to slip three strokes off the pace.

Spaniard Carlos Del Moral, seeking a maiden European victory, also came within a shot of Fisher, but his inconsistency prevented a sustained challenge. – AFP


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