South Africa’s Trevor Fisher Jr maintained the 100% record of home players in the Africa Open by winning his first European Tour title with a brilliant display in East London.
Fisher Jr played his last 36 holes in 17 under par, adding a closing 64 to his third round of 63 to finish 24 under par, five shots ahead of England’s Matt Ford.
South African players have won the Africa Open every year since its inception in 2010, when Fisher Jr was joint fourth behind former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.
Fellow major winner Louis Oosthuizen won the title in 2011 and 2012, with Darren Fichardt and Thomas Aiken also triumphing on home soil.
“It’s amazing,” said Fisher Jr, who had won eight times on the Sunshine Tour.
“I can’t believe it. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been a pro for a long time.
“I played well. It’s always a bit nerve-racking leading, you always try not to think about the result but I think I did a good job today of staying in the moment.
“I was nervous the last few holes but I think that’s natural.
“It was a great day, I played well, everything worked out well and the putter was amazing.
“I think it’s written in the stars; if you can get out of your own way you can achieve a lot of things.”
Scott Jamieson finished as top Scot after a 66 for a 278 total, one ahead of David Drysdale.