Fisher beats the rain
Ross Fisher beat the New York rainstorms to claim a top-10 place on the US Open leaderboard at Bethpage Black.
Ross Fisher beat the New York rainstorms to claim a top-10 place on the US Open leaderboard and now the Englishman believes he can conquer the field at Bethpage Black.
Fisher completed his first two rounds in New York at two under par, six shots behind clubhouse leader Ricky Barnes of the United States and just as importantly the 28-year-old dodged the worst of the conditions.
His first round, a level-par 70, got under way late in the morning on Friday, when the sun shone after a day of heavy rain had caused havoc for the early starters.
Fisher then went straight back out to complete 10 holes of his second round before returning on Saturday morning to card a 68 to leave him right in the mix before a return of the storms on Long Island threatened to undermine the other side of the draw for the third day in a row.
That makes Fisher, a runner-up behind Paul Casey at Wentworth last month in the BMW PGA Championship, very confident he is in a position to to compete for a first major championship.
“I am coming here with the firm belief that I can win the tournament,” Fisher said.
“I feel ready to win a major. I have won twice and should have won a number of times more than that because I have been in position then failed at the closing stretch.
“I played the US Open last year and that was a good experience and then I have played the US PGA, a couple of Opens and then the Masters this year and that was great experience to get in the lead the first day then shoot a couple of decent scores and finishing in the top 30.
“I feel like my game is ready to compete and I am ready to get into contention come Sunday.”
Fisher admitted his name could have been even higher up the leaderboard had he made even more of the favourable conditions he was dealt.
“Two under is a decent start for the first two days but I do feel that it is the worst that it could be.
“The way I played yesterday at points, it could have been five or six under easily if I had holed a few more putts.
“I just couldn’t get the putter going and couldn’t get the ball to drop. I just couldn’t keep the momentum going fully into the second round.”
Fisher recognised his fortune in getting the best of the weather.
“It’s a long week at the US Open and it’s tough, although it’s maybe as easy as it could possibly be at the US Open.
“The guys in the other side of the draw have had the bad side, no doubt about it.
“Yes we had to play 28 holes or something yesterday but the guys in the other side had to play in that horrific weather. When you get that kind of break you need to take advantage and I almost did that.”
Not that he feels too sorry for his rivals on the other side of the draw.
“That’s golf,” he said. “I have had my fair share of good and bad.
“You never wish people to get on the bad side of the draw but that’s what has happened, but at the same time I have to look at it from my perspective and I want to take advantage and make it as difficult as possible for them to catch up.”
Ryder Cup golfer Thorbjorn Olesen grabbed woman’s breast on flight, court told
Thorbjorn Olesen is said to have been drinking and taking sleeping pills on the flight from the US to the UK.
Collin Morikawa throws away big lead as Viktor Hovland wins Hero World Challenge
Hovland began the day six shots off the pace but carded a closing 66 at Albany to secure his third title of the season.
Rory McIlroy: Players want to know where they stand amid golf’s power struggle
The Northern Irishman was speaking ahead of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
Tiger Woods says he is ‘lucky to be alive’ after crash but has ‘long way to go’
The 45-year-old 15-time major winner was in pain throughout as he addressed his first press conference since February’s crash.
Tiger Woods rules out full-time return to golf after serious car crash
The 45-year-old required surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg after the single-vehicle accident in February.
Lee Elder, the first black player to compete in the Masters, dies aged 87
Elder joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as an honorary starter at Augusta National just over seven months ago.
Suzann Pettersen lands ‘dream’ job as Solheim Cup captain
The Norwegian will be going for a hat-trick of Europe wins after taking over from Catriona Matthew.
Lee Westwood rules himself out of contention for 2023 Ryder Cup captaincy
Westwood says he cannot commit fully to the role while he is still competitive as a player.
Collin Morikawa wins Race to Dubai as Rory McIlroy’s frustrations boil over
The Northern Irishman appeared to rip his shirt open in the recording area behind the 18th green.
Tiger Woods shares footage of him hitting balls as rehab continues
Woods was injured in a car accident in February.