Fichardt wins Qatar Masters in playoff

Originally Published: March 16, 2003
Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar -- South Africa's Darren Fichardt made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to beat countryman James Kingston and win the Qatar Masters.

On the playoff hole, the 581-yard, par-5 18th, Kingston hit his second shot into a greenside bunker. Fichardt landed his second shot on the green, 40 feet from the cup.

After Kingston missed a 6-foot putt for birdie and settled for par, Fichardt made a short birdie putt to win his second European Tour title.

"After playing 72 holes, a playoff over just one hole is always hard. I thought James (Kingston) is going to make a birdie. But as it turned out, it was my day today," Fichardt said.

Fichardt and Kingston each shot a 3-under 69 in the final round and finished tied at 13-under 275 after 72 holes at Doha Golf Club.

Ireland's Paul McGinley shot a 5-under 67 and finished third at 11-under 277. England's David Howell was fourth at 10 under.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington closed with a 7-under 65 and finished tied for 11th.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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