Ross Fisher

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Ross Fisher
— Golfer —
Ross Fisher HSBC Champions 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Ross Daniel Fisher
Born (1980-11-22) 22 November 1980 (age 34)
Ascot, Berkshire, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)
Nationality  England
Residence Cheam, London, England
Career
Turned professional 2004
Current tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 5
Sunshine Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T15: 2011
U.S. Open 5th: 2009
The Open Championship T13: 2009
PGA Championship T19: 2009

Ross Daniel Fisher (born 22 November 1980) is an English professional golfer who plays on the European Tour, where he has won five times, including the 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship at Wentworth.

Career summary[edit]

Fisher was born in Ascot, Berkshire. His home course is the famous Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey, England, location of the European Tour administrative headquarters. As a child, he attended Charters School, a state comprehensive close to Wentworth.[1] Fisher joined the European Tour in 2006. He earned his card by finishing 18th on the Challenge Tour's money list in 2005. During Fisher's first season on the European Tour he won a Jaguar for a nearest to the pin contest in the 2006 Quinn Direct British Masters.

In 2007, Fisher won the KLM Open by one stroke over Joost Luiten, and subsequently finished the year ranked 43rd on the Order of Merit. Fisher started the 2008 season with a joint-second place in the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, beaten by Phil Mickelson in a three-way play-off that also featured Lee Westwood.

In July 2008, Fisher won the European Open on the Heritage Course at The London Golf Club; the first staging of the event at the venue in Kent, England. Despite never having played the course either in competition or in practice, Fisher shot a first round 63—the lowest round thus far in his professional career—which featured a wind-assisted 413-yard drive on the 9th hole, his last of the day. Having established a first round lead, he was never subsequently headed at the top of the leaderboard, going on to win the tournament by a comfortable seven shots from Sergio García. Fisher played steadily for the rest of the season and finished sixth on the Tour's Order of Merit.

Fisher's progress continued in 2009 when he reached the semi-final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, losing to fellow Englishman Paul Casey 4 & 3. Fisher also finished second at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club, after shooting a 64 in his final round, which included 6 birdies in the first 12 holes. Fisher's 64 was just a shot outside the Wentworth course record and he finished a stroke behind the winner Paul Casey.[2]

Fisher was in contention during the final round of the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, New York up until a three-putt bogey at the par three 17th hole. Fisher finished in 5th place, three shots behind the champion Lucas Glover.[3] The following month, at the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry, Fisher held a two-stroke lead in the early stages of the final round, before taking a quadruple-bogey eight on the par four 5th hole after driving into long rough on the right side of the hole. He eventually finished in a tie for 13th place.[4]

In 2009, Fisher had the lowest cumulative score for the four major championships for players who made the cut in all four events. Fisher's cumulative score of +2 was one stroke better than Henrik Stenson of Sweden.[5] At the end of 2009, Fisher won the first Volvo World Match Play Championship that was held away from Wentworth, defeating American Anthony Kim 4 & 3 in the final at Finca Cortesín Golf Club in Spain.[6] He finished the season in fourth place in the Race to Dubai.

Fisher had an excellent chance to shoot a round of 59 and thus make European Tour golf history at the 3 Irish Open in Killarney on 30 July 2010, when he was 10-under-par with four holes to play, only needing to birdie two of the remaining four holes, but he parred the last four holes for a round of 61. He won the tournament with an 18-under-par score of 266.[7]

Fisher qualified for the 2010 European Ryder Cup team, which regained the trophy from the United States at Celtic Manor, Wales, on 4 October.[8] He contributed two points towards the European team total and finished with a record of 2–2–0.

In March 2014, Fisher won his fifth European Tour title and first in over three years at the Tshwane Open in South Africa. Fisher won by three strokes over Michael Hoey and Danie van Tonder, having entered the day five ahead of the field.

Personal life[edit]

Fisher is married to Joanne with whom he has a daughter, Eve. Joanne gave birth to the couple's second child in 2011 named Harry.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

  • 2003 Finnish Amateur Open Championship

Professional wins (5)[edit]

European Tour wins (5)[edit]

Ross Fisher
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 26 Aug 2007 The KLM Open −12(66-67-68-67=268) 1 stroke Netherlands Joost Luiten
2 6 Jul 2008 The European Open −20 (63-68-69-68=268) 7 strokes Spain Sergio García
3 1 Nov 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship 4 & 3 United States Anthony Kim
4 1 Aug 2010 3 Irish Open −18 (69-61-71-65=266) 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
5 2 Mar 2014 Tshwane Open1 −20 (66-65-67-70=268) 3 strokes Northern Ireland Michael Hoey, South Africa Danie van Tonder

1Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour

European Tour playoff record (0–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2007 HSBC Champions United States Phil Mickelson, England Lee Westwood Mickelson won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2008 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Sweden Robert Karlsson, Germany Martin Kaymer Karlsson won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2013 ISPS Handa Perth International South Korea Jin Jeong Lost to par on first extra hole
4 2014 BMW Masters France Alexander Lévy, Germany Marcel Siem Siem won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T30 CUT T15 T47 DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT 5 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT T39 T13 T37 CUT T45 DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP CUT T19 CUT T45 DNP DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
Totals 0 0 0 1 1 4 19 10
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2009 Masters – 2009 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harvey, S. (January 2008). "News of former pupils". Sports College News (Charters School). p. 2. Retrieved 19 July 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Clarke, Thomas (17 November 2010). "Paul Casey wins the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth". Golf Monthly. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ross Fisher rues his missed chances at Bethpage Black". Liverpool Echo. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  4. ^ PGA Tour profile[dead link]
  5. ^ Kelley, Brent (10 April 2010). "Fisher Fumbles Away 'Majors Aggregate Championship'". About.com. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Fisher clinches Match Play crown". BBC Sport. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ross Fisher Wins Irish Open". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 1 August 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ Dorman, Larry (4 October 2010). "McDowell Lifts Europe to Ryder Cup Victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 

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