Fisher: ‘I’ve got a real chance’
Ross Fisher says he is confident that he can win his first major at Hazeltine National Golf Club this weekend
Ross Fisher will go into the first round of the US PGA Championship at Hazeltine National today confident that he has “a real chance” of victory after two near misses this year.
Fisher, the world number 23, was a contender at both the US Open at Bethpage Black in June and at last month’s Open Championship at Turnberry, securing a top-five finish in New York while fading to 13th in Scotland.
The experience has left the Englishman believing he can contend at every major.
“Obviously the US Open was a great experience. I walked away from there disappointed at finishing fifth,” Fisher said.
“It just shows I had a really good chance of winning there.
“The Open? But for one loose tee shot, you know, I could have had a really serious chance of winning.
“But I feel like I come into every major championship now feeling and believing I can win and feeling like my game is good enough to win.
“This week is no different. I feel comfortable on the golf course. It’s similar to Bethpage, it’s very, very long, so that should suit me quite well. If I can just get the putter working, I feel like I’ve got a really good chance of contending.”
Fisher, though, said he did not feel under any pressure to win a major as quickly as possible.
“As long as I keep putting myself into contention, that’s good enough for me,” he said.
“You look at some of the other guys, Monty (Colin Montgomerie) has not won a major; Sergio (Garcia) has been close, and he has not won a major yet.
“It took Phil (Mickelson) a little while to win a major. You know, a guy like Stewart Cink won the Open.
“I’m only 28, so I’ve got plenty of time on my side. It would be nice to say I won a major championship before I’m 30, but to be honest, I’m not really thinking about kicking myself if I don’t win one before I turn 30.”
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