Trevor Fisher Jnr became the third Cutter & Buck ambassador in a row to win the European Tour co-sanctioned Africa Open and this time it was a monumental 5 stroke victory.
The 35 year old has now secured his European Tour card until the end of 2016 and is no doubt a life changing victory for Trevor Fisher Jnr. After opening rounds of 69-68 he then finished the weekend well with a record low 36 hole total of 63-64 (127) to win by 5 strokes over Briton Matt Ford.
“It’s a good thing you can’t see nerves,” Trevor Fisher Jnr joked afterwards. “They were definitely there, especially during the last four holes. It was quite tough, but I just tried to keep it smooth, trust my yardages and everything worked out.”
He played flawlessly throughout his final round for an eight-under-par 64, capping a stellar performance with a 2-footer for birdie on the 18th, as if to underline how much better he was than those who tried to chase him down.
But he felt that the turning point came around the turn. “I hit the best shot of the week with a four-iron that I flushed into the ninth green,” he said. “I took two-iron off the tee and I knew that my long-irons had been good all week. But I still knew that I had to hit it well, so making birdie on nine, when Matt made bogey – that was big.”
Trevor Fisher Jnr knew there was still work to do though, “I hit another great four-iron in to 15, and made another birdie there, right after Matt had closed the gap to three,” he said. “And then when I birdied 16, I knew I had a bit of breathing space, and I was able to tell myself that I could play it safe all thee way home.”
Darren Fichardt was the first of the Cutter & Buck ambassadors to win the Africa Open in 2013 followed by Thomas Aiken in 2014.
Fellow Cutter & Buck ambassador Thomas Aiken was unable to defend his title and instead was across the Atlantic Ocean competing in the WGC Cadillac Championship along with Danie Van Tonder, Aiken finished 23rd and Van Tonder 66th.