Darren Fichardt admitted to losing focus before regrouping to win the Africa Open

By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK.   Last Updated: 17/02/13 6:38pm

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Darren Fichardt: Lost focus before going on to close out victory

Darren Fichardt: Lost focus before going on to close out victory

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Darren Fichardt acknowledged he had taken his eye off the ball before regrouping to claim victory at the Africa Open on Sunday.

The 37-year-old would ultimately claim a two-shot victory on home soil as he notched the fourth European Tour win of his career.

However, things were not as comfortable as they should have been for Fichardt who had stretched into a four-shot lead with just five holes of his final round remaining.

Three bogeys in four holes followed as he offered his challengers renewed hope, but the Pretoria native steeled himself to produce a solid par down the last, ensuring he finished clear of Jaco Van Zyl and Gregory Bourdy.

"I started losing focus," stated Fichardt after lifting the trophy. "I was four shots ahead and I started taking it for granted.

"I was putting unbelievable and then I missed a short putt at the 14th and thought 'what's going on here?'"

Fichardt admitted the East London Golf Club was very much to his liking with the tricky course and blustery conditions having proved a tough test for much of the four days.

"This is one of my favourite tournaments," he added. "The golf course is second to none - you've got to hit a lot of knock down shots and irons off the tee.

"I always enjoy coming here, and obviously winning the tournament makes the week especially enjoyable."

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