With a final-round, 2-over-par 36-37=73, Darren Fichardt recorded a three-stroke victory at the Saint-Omer Open.
The South African held a five-stroke advantage after 54 holes before stumbling home to post 5-under 279. England's Gary Lockerbie took runner-up honors at 2-under 282. "It was messy today," Fichardt said following the finale at Aa Saint Omer Golf Club in Lumbres, France. "It definitely wasn't pretty. I was absolutely terrified and I was happy we didn't have to play any more holes." This is his third victory on the European Tour, but first since 2003. "To win is awesome," the 37-year-old added. "The last four years I've had injuries and missed out at the Qualifying School a couple of times, and you wonder if you'll ever make it back. So it was amazing to get my card last year back at Q School, and to win on my ninth start this season is a dream come true. The exemption for next season is very welcome."