Glover worthy winner says Fisher
Ross Fisher last night hailed Lucas Glover as a worthy winner after the American’s triumph in the 109th US Open
Ross Fisher last night hailed unexpected US Open champion Lucas Glover as a worthy winner after the American held off and defeated some of the world’s best players at Bethpage Black.
England’s Fisher landed his best finish in a major when he placed fifth, three shots behind Glover as the rain-drenched 2009 US Open finally came to a conclusion in dramatic fashion on its fifth and final day.
Fisher, 28, was in contention himself until a three-putt bogey at the par three 17th hole put paid to his chances as Glover kept his cool to carry his lead home for the title.
Fisher congratulated Glover on conquering the fair but challenging 7,426-yard Bethpage Black course and the field in some of the wettest conditions ever seen at a US Open.
“To play that golf course under normal US Open conditions would have been brutally tough,” Fisher said.
“But it was long. It was tough. But I think overall it’s been a very fair test. And I think you’ll see a true, worthwhile champion.
Fisher, though, was disappointed not to have done better with his putter.
“I think I’ll probably go home and work on my putting, because not being funny, but if I would have held just a couple of putts, I think I could have won this comfortably,” he said.
“I feel like I’ve hit the ball so, so good; probably the best I’ve hit it ever in a tournament. Just couldn’t hole any putts.
“And I was working on it this morning before I went out and played, and it felt good.
“And just the same again, just unfortunately kept hitting good shots and I even had to stiff it, give me a range or holding it 30 foot, because I couldn’t buy a putt.
“Hit good crucial ones at the start and towards the end when you’re in the thick of things the last four, five holes, that’s where tournaments are won and lost, and unfortunately my putter went cold. It’s a shame, but fifth place I think on my own, it’s not bad.”
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