Ross Fisher – Open Championship Golfers

Ross Fisher is a remarkable product of the Wentworth Scholarship scheme and the young man, who missed out on a Ryder Cup cap by a hair’s breadth, is certainly living up to all expectations. He bagged his first European title win a year after he joined the tour in 2006 and then went on to give Phil Mickelson a run for his money at the HSBC Champions Tournament in Shanghai in 2008.

Accomplished Long Hitter

Fisher is well known for his prodigious driving skills and if he continues to hit the ball as hard and far as he is doing now, he will surely be in contention for both the Masters and the US Open – both majors known to favour the long hitters.
He has not been remiss with his short game, though and recently called in one of the gurus of golf, Mark Roe, to assist him, and the expert eye of Roe has certainly paid dividends – of his 22 outings in 2008 he has finished in the top twenty seven times, not too shabby for a young man who has only recently turned to golf for his living.

Lost to ‘Lefty’ in Shanghai

Fisher has also learnt to control his nerves in recent months and his biggest lesson in temperament was undoubtedly at the HSBC Champions Tournament in Shanghai – the Englishman was well placed to win in China but had to settle with a three-way playoff against the incumbent number two in the world, Phil Mickelson and compatriot, Lee Westwood. He faltered at the last hurdle and effectively handed Mickelson the title, something he will hopefully not emulate again in his career.

Romped Home at the Heritage Course

In July 2008 Fisher confounded all his detractors by claiming the elite European Open on the Heritage Course of the London GC in Kent, a venue he had never walked, let alone played before. He carded a brilliant 63 in his maiden round…and never looked back. He hogged the top of the leader board on all four days and only Spain’s Sergio Garcia came within shouting distance but still had to endure a seven shot pasting!
Fisher is currently languishing in the top ten of the European Tour ranking and is clearly a rising star to watch closely in the years to come. He has already pocketed over a million Euros in prize money and in only his second outing at the Open Championship, he finished a very tidy tied 37th – it can surely only be a matter of time before the humble young man adds the Claret Jug to his growing collection of trophies!