Aiken pips Fisher for triumph in Africa

Published: 17/02/2014

South African Thomas Aiken kept the Africa Open in home hands – and his temporary caddie very happy – by defeating England’s Oliver Fisher in a play-off to claim his third European Tour title.

Aiken birdied the first extra hole at East London Golf Club, Eastern Cape, South Africa, after he and Fisher had finished tied on 20-under-par 264, joining compatriots Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen (twice) and Darren Fichardt in lifting the trophy.

Fisher narrowly failed with a birdie putt on the 18th to win in regulation but then missed the green when the players returned to the same hole for the play-off and was facing a 15ft par attempt before Aiken made sure of victory by holing from 35ft.

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