Tuesday 12 December 2017

Inspired Ross Fisher takes Celtic Manor by storm on his return

ROSS Fisher, who has crashed from 27th in the world to 157th since his Ryder Cup debut two years ago, appeared to be inspired by a return to Celtic Manor today.

With seven holes of his ISPS Handa Wales Open second round to go, Fisher was four under par and joint leader with fellow Englishman Lee Slattery and Holland's Tim Sluiter.

The 31-year-old former European Open champion has not had a top-five finish for nearly 18 months, but after resuming with a bogey six at the long 11th he had three birdies in four holes around the turn.

Sluiter also set off again with a bogey before picking up shots on the fourth and 11th to make it a three-way tie at the top.

Slattery was among the later starters after opening with a 67 on a day when more 20 players failed to break 80 and one - Singapore's Zhiqun Lam - shot 92.

Fisher was one of four members of the 2010 European side in the field and was going much the best of them.

Italian Francesco Molinari stood three over with five to play, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez four over and Molinari's brother Edoardo five over.

Scoring was shaping up to be better in the second round, but the halfway cut might still be the highest of the European Tour season. That is currently the five-over-par mark at The Masters in April.

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