Fisher just misses a magic catch
Ross Fisher erupted into life again with a 61 in Killarney on Friday – and needed nobody to tell him it could have been a 59.
England’s Ross Fisher erupted into life again with a 61 at the 3 Irish Open in Killarney on Friday – and needed nobody to tell him it could have been an historic 59.
One of Europe’s great talents has been somewhat dormant since winning the Volvo World Match Play in Spain last November.
But his bid for the Ryder Cup debut he just missed last time was reignited by a remarkable charge into a three-stroke halfway lead over Italian Francesco Molinari.
Six successive birdies for a front-nine 29, then four more in a row from the 11th left Fisher needing just two from the last four to become the European Tour’s first player to break 60.
There have been four 59s on the US Tour, the most recent of them by Paul Goydos earlier this month, while Ryo Ishikawa shot a 58 in Japan in May and only a few days ago a 17-year-old amateur scored 57 in the Alabama Boys State Junior Championship.
But, like so many before him, Fisher had to settle for the lowest round of his Tour career and not the record.
He missed from six feet at the 15th, only parred the long 16th as well after driving into sand and failed with birdie attempts on the last two holes.
“I was standing on the 14th green and it (a 59) did sort of enter my mind,” said the 29-year-old, who could leap from 13th to sixth in the cup standings by winning on Sunday.
“I was quite strong mentally to try and block it out of my mind. I just tried to give myself four chances and I did that, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
As for making it into Colin Montgomerie’s side he added: “This is the start of three big weeks, so I just need to go out and play how I know I can – and fingers crossed.”
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