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Fisher on course for dream week

The 138th Open, Turnberry
Date: 16-19 July
Coverage: Live TV coverage on BBC Two, Online and the Red Button, live on Radio 5 Live and text commentary online on all four days

By Ged Scott
BBC Sport at Turnberry

Ross Fisher
Fisher has won two European Tour events but no Majors

Ross Fisher is still not certain if he will be around to complete his challenge for the 138th Open Championship - if wife Jo delivers their first child between now and Sunday teatime.

But the young Berkshire golfer is certainly getting his timing right on the course at Turnberry.

He followed up his first day 69 by defying the worsening weather to shoot 68 on Friday morning, to go two shots off the lead in a tie for fourth place.

"To win an Open and be there to see Jo gave birth to our first child would be a fairytale," Fisher told BBC Sport.

"I'd love to pick up the newspapers on Monday morning and read about it.

"There's a long way to go yet. But I just feel like my game's ready to win."

I competed with the best in the world and came up only just short and that has helped me believe that I am close to a Major

Ross Fisher on finishing fifth at the US Open

Fisher, who stands fourth in the European Tour's Race to Dubai, will enter the world top 20 if he enjoys a good finish this week. And he admits that his fifth place in the US Open at Bethpage last month, just three shots behind the victorious Lucas Glover, has seriously fuelled his level of expectations.

"Any time you walk away disappointed after a major having finished fifth you know you must be doing something right," he said. "I was only three shots away and one ahead of Tiger Woods and usually when you do that you either win or get very close.

"I competed with the best in the world and came up only just short and that has helped me believe that I am close to a Major."

Fisher would already have a hand on the Claret Jug if he could have played every hole on the Ailsa Course like he has so far played the final three over the first two days.

On Thursday, he stood on the 16th tee at two over, and admitted he was feeling 'the odd man out' as he trailed his playing partners Ben Curtis and Mike Weir by several shots. But, after birdieing the last three holes, he slipped into red numbers on one under. And, while two of 2003's four major winners, Open champion Curtis and US Masters winner Weir, both fell back on Friday, Fisher went the other way.


Birdies at four and eight were cancelled out by bogeys at six and nine. And, although he then dropped another at the 14th, he came up with another successive three-hole barrage of birdies, this time starting on 15, to come in on three under.

"I've played the last three holes in five under so far," he smiled. "I could do with keeping that up.

"It was a shame to see Ben and Mike Weir fall away. It was great playing with them. You want to build momentum and feed off the other players.

"But, although I hit the ball pretty high, which can make it quite a challenge, I feel my game is pretty good for links golf.

"Growing up as an amateur you get used to playing on all sorts of courses in all sorts of weather."

And, although Fisher concedes that conditions were not the easiest out there on the Ailsa Course, he knows it can get a lot worse.

"It was tough today," he said. "And this year's US Open at Bethpage was pretty tough. But nothing compared to last year at Birkdale.

"I shot a one-over 71 on the Saturday playing with Anthony Kim and I still consider that my best round at an Open to date."

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