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Maiden European Tour Title for Fisher Jnr

Eight time winner on the Sunshine Tour

Trevor Fisher Jnr claimed the greatest win of his career with a resounding five shot victory on home soil at the Africa Open.

An eight time winner on the Sunshine Tour, the 35 year old’s maiden European Tour title arrived courtesy of a final round eight under par 64 at East London Golf Club.

Fisher Jnr’s success maintained South Africa’s stunning record of providing every winner of this event since its inception in 2010, when he finished in a tie for fourth.

He faced strong competition from Matt Ford, also looking for a first triumph, until he pulled clear by taking full advantage of a bogey from the Englishman on the ninth with birdies either side of the turn.

And there was no looking back for Fisher Jnr on the back nine, where he did not drop a shot all week, as he finished on 24 under.

The South African said: “It is always nerve-racking leading, not to think about the result, but it’s quite hard and I think I did a good job today. I was nervous the last few holes, I think that is natural.

“It was a great day, I played well and everything went well. The putter was amazing, I sank some amazing putts today. It is written in the stars.

“I’ve tried so hard to get that European Tour card, for so many years – obviously it’s a massive step for my career because that’s where all South African golfers want to be.”

Ford carded a fourth consecutive round in the sixties this week, collecting shots on six occasions. Despite missing out on victory, the 36 year old can take heart from an impressive performance in East London after facing the prospect of working as a postman until advancing through November’s Qualifying School at the tenth attempt.

On his battle with Ford, Fisher Jnr added: “He is a little British bulldog. He sank putts and I thought ‘jeez, I’m not going to get away from this guy’! He made birdie, I made birdie and then when I made birdie, he made birdie. It was quite tough.

“On the ninth hole I made a great birdie and he made a five so that was where it turned. I knew I just had to keep my head up and keep going.” 

Ford held his nerve early on, unmoved by two excellent approach shots from Fisher Jnr to match the leader’s gains at the first and third and stay two behind.

 

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