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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.

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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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