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Fisher ties tournament record, wins by 5 at Africa Open

East London, South Africa (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevor Fisher, Jr. closed out his week with an 8-under 64 in Sunday's final round and he rolled to a 5- shot victory at the Africa Open.

Fisher tied the tournament record of 24-under-par 264, which was set by defending champion Thomas Aiken and Oliver Fisher last year. The win is Fisher's first on the European Tour.

"It was a great day, I played well and everything went well," Fisher said. "The putter was amazing, I sank some amazing putts today. It is written in the stars."

Matt Ford, who held a share of the first-round lead and was the outright leader after the second round, shot a 5-under 67 to finish alone in second at 19-under 269.

Eduardo de la Riva, Jorge Campillo and Morten Orum Madsen all carded matching 66s and the trio ended tied for third at 16-under 272 at East London Golf Club.

Leading by two at the beginning of the day, Fisher was able to coast to victory without relinquishing his lead.

It was basically a two-player race between Fisher and Ford throughout most of the final round, except for a brief moment when Campillo tied Ford for second.

"He is a British bulldog," Fisher said of Ford. "He sank putts and I thought 'jeez, I'm not going to get away from this guy.' He made birdie, I made birdie and then when I made birdie, he made birdie. It was quite tough."

Fisher's lead was still by two through four holes as both he and Ford made birdies on one and three. Fisher's advantage was trimmed to one when he tripped to his first bogey in 29 holes at the par-4 fifth.

Ford continued to match Fisher with birdies as the duo made back-to-back gains on six and seven, pushing Fisher up to minus-19 and Ford to minus-18.

Two holes later, Fisher's lead tripled as he mad a birdie on No. 9 and Ford bogeyed the same hole. That was the big swing that may have determined the tournament as Fisher coasted from there.

"On the ninth hole I made a great birdie and he made a five so that was where it turned," Fisher said. "I knew I just had to keep my head up and keep going."

Fisher made it two in a row with a birdie on the par-3 10th to go up by four and he then rattled off four straight pars from 11. Ford holed four straight pars from 10 before trimming the lead back down to three with a birdie on 14.

That was the closest he would get the rest of the way. While Ford made three straight pars from 15 and then closed out with a birdie at the last, Fisher put an exclamation point on his round by closing with three birdies in a four- hole stretch at 15, 16 and 18. Fisher did not mess around on the last hole as he drained a long birdie putt for the 5-shot win. The gain also gave Fisher a share of the tournament record.

Campillo started off red hot with an eagle at the par-5 first and then made four birdies in five holes from No. 3. The gain on seven pulled Campillo even with Ford in second at 16-under, but bogeys on nine and 11 combined with Ford's birdies on six and seven dropped the Spaniard out of second place for good.

Campillo closed with birdies on 12 and 14 to tie for second with De la Riva and Madsen.

NOTES: With this being a co-sanctioned event on the European Tour and Sunshine Tour, Fisher now has nine career wins on the Sunshine Tour ... The Africa Open has been won by a South African every year since its conception in 2008 ... Aiken defeated Oliver Fisher in a playoff last year ... Fisher, Jr. was 17- under on the weekend after going 63-64 ... With the win, Fisher won 166,059 euros ... The European Tour remains in South Africa next week for the Tshwane Open, where Ross Fisher won by three shots last year.