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Hoey fires seven birdies in a row as Fisher leads Tshwane Open

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Michael Hoey sunk seven birdies in a row on his back nine, but finished his second round three shots behind leader Ross Fisher at the European Tour's Tshwane Open on Friday. Having turned at the Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate on level par for his round, Northern Ireland's Hoey landed birdies from the 10th to the 16th holes for a seven-under-par 65 that took him to 10-under for the tournament.

Golf: Tshwane Open jam as four share third-round lead

South Africans Charl Coetzee, Darren Fichardt and Dawie van der Walt and Chilean Mark Tullo share the Tshwane Open lead with 16-under-par totals of 200 after a storm-delayed third round Saturday. With another 13 golfers within six shots of the quartet, the stage is set for a thrilling climax Sunday to a new tournament on the European Tour-Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned circuit. There are eight South Africans among the 17 leading contenders for the 237,750-euro (S310,690) first prize, raising hopes of a third consecutive home win in the republic.

Golf: Coetzee retains Tshwane Open lead

South African Charl Coetzee stayed on top of the Tshwane Open leaderboard Saturday when the storm-interrupted second round was completed. Rounds of 67 and 65 gave the golfer ranked 972 in the world a 12-under-par halfway total of 132 over the 7,791-yard (7,124-metre) Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate southwest of here. Coetzee was among those who completed their second round Friday before a mid-afternoon thunderstorm forced play to be abandoned two hours ahead of schedule, and it resumed at 0645 local time (0445GMT) Saturday.

Golf: Fichardt leads Tshwane Open after eight birdies

South African Darren Fichardt birdied eight holes en route to a seven-under-par 65 and a one-shot first round lead in the maiden Tshwane Open golf championship Thursday. The 37-year-old from Pretoria was continuing good recent form which saw him surive late final-round jitters to win the Africa Open by two strokes in East London two weeks ago. A bogey five on the seventh -- the third last hole for Fichardt as he started at the 10th -- was the sole blemish over the par-72 7,791-yard (7,124-metre) Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate course south-west of here.

Golf-Fichardt looking good for South African double

PRETORIA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - South African Darren Fichardt, bidding to claim a second European Tour win in three weeks, led the way after shooting a seven-under 65 in the first round of the inaugural Tshwane Open on Thursday. He has a one-shot advantage over Swedish rookie Bjorn Akesson while a further stroke behind on 67 were Britons David Howell and Gary Lockerbie, Mark Tullo of Chile, India's Jeev Milkha Singh and South Africans Jean Hugo and Charl Coetzee.

Golf: Fichardt wins Africa Open despite nervous finish

Darren Fichardt survived three bogeys over the closing holes to win the Africa Open by two shots from compatriot Jaco van Zyl and Gregory Bourdy of France on Sunday. The 37-year-old from Pretoria closed with a one-under-par 71 -- including four birdies and three bogeys -- for a four-round total of 272 over the East London Golf Club course. It was the fourth European Tour triumph for Fichardt after the Sao Paulo Open in 2001, the Qatar Masters two years later and the Saint-Omer Open in France last season.

Golf-European Tour Africa Open scores

Feb 14 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Africa Open at the par-72 course on Thursday in East London holes played rounds -6 Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 18 66 -5 Adilson Da Silva (Brazil) 8 -4 John Parry (Britain) 18 68 -3 Oliver Bekker (South Africa) 18 69 Mikko Korhonen (Finland) 11 Andrew Curlewis (South Africa) 8 -2 Bjoern Akesson
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