One week ago Darren Fichardt had the type of experience that rattles a professional golfer – he put three balls into the water on the 18th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and went from contention to a missed cut.
Fichardt made sure that he fought back this week at his maiden Nedbank Golf Challenge, where he started the first day with a round of 71 to share 10th with DA Points, Thaworn Wiratchant, Ryan Moore and defending champion Martin Kaymer.
“I’m feeling good about the week,” said Fichardt. “I’m playing well, although I didn’t play well on the last hole last week, and I’m excited. It’s always good to be at Sun City and to spend a bit of time with the family,” he said on Monday.”
The four-time European Tour winner was positive in his buildup to the week at Gary Player Country Club and looked forward to competing in the event that every South African golfer dreams of playing. He’ll face off against the likes of Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Louis Oosthuizen throughout the week.
“I’m good friends with old Stenson and it’s cool to have those kind of guys here,” said Fichardt. “All of us just came off quite a long stretch and it’s good to see all of these guys again.”
The Centurion local took good steps towards a solid result during the first round, but more importantly he showed no signs of self-doubt.