Fichardt leads European Tour’s Tshwane Open

March 1, 2013

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) – Darren Fichardt birdied the longest par-5 in European Tour history Sunday to lead the inaugural Tshwane Open by one stroke after the first round.

Fichardt was one of three players in the top 24 to need only four shots on the 685-yard fourth hole.

The South African shot a 7-under-par 65. He lives 10 minutes from the Els Club course at the Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate.

Bjorn Akesson of Sweden was at 66, with six players at 67. Darren Clarke opened with a 69 while Michael Campbell was at 72 and Jose Maria Olazabal at 76.