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Aiken tops Fisher in playoff to win Africa Open

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ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 17: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the 11th hole during the second round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 17, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)  - 

EAST LONDON, South Africa – Thomas Aiken beat Oliver Fisher in a playoff to claim the Africa Open title on Sunday and maintain South African players' run of success on home soil at European Tour tournaments.

Aiken was the 10th home winner in the last 13 tour events in South Africa as he came from four shots off the lead with a final-round 66, tying with England's Fisher at 20 under overall at East London Golf Club.

Aiken then won his third tour title by sinking a 30-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. Englishman David Horsey (65) and John Hahn (68) of the United States were tied for third, a shot behind.

Aiken's victory takes the overall stats to 36 South African victories in 58 European Tour tournaments in South Africa.