On Friday at East London Golf Club Darren Fichardt rediscovered the swing he lost over the festive season and will took an early hold on second going into the weekend at the Africa Open.
ÂFor some reason over the holidays my swing went so IÂve been trying to find that. IÂve found something since coming home from the ÂDesert SwingÂ and now today it was there for me,Â he said.
The 12-time winner has been chasing the Investec Cup of late, and for that reason heÂs playing his heart out on home soil.
ÂThe Investec Cup is unbelievable. IÂm very excited, and thatÂs why IÂm playing so many tournaments in a row. Myself, Jaco (van Zyl) and Jbe (Kruger) have been going a couple of weeks in a row, and we would have taken a week off, but the Investec Cup has given us a huge incentive. It encourages us to play a lot more, and itÂs certainly got all of our attention,Â he said.
At 37 years old, Fichardt is in the prime of his golfing career. With his 2012 Saint Omer Trophy safely in the cabinet, heÂs set his sights on adding some 2013 silverware to the shelf, and the Africa Open trophy would make a nice addition.
ÂItÂs still early days and there is plenty of golf yet to come. I feel very comfortable at home after being the Middle East for the last three weeks. My record in East London is pretty good, and in 2009 I lost to Retief Goosen in a playoff. I like this tournament and wouldnÂt mind another good result here,Â he said.