Golf

Fisher Jnr leads Origins event

2012-09-06 18:26
Trevor Fisher Jnr (File)
Sishen, Northern Cape - It was one key putt that enabled Trevor Fisher Jnr to claim a one-stroke lead headed into Friday’s final round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Sishen Golf Club. And it came from one of his closest friends.

On the par-four 14th green, Ulrich van den Berg hit a magnificent chip to about two feet from the hole to set up a birdie. But from there he three-putted for an unlikely bogey that ended up being the difference between him and leader Fisher Jnr.

Fisher Jnr made it into the clubhouse on eight under, with Van Den Berg at seven under alongside Christiaan Basson.
But it was that kind of day that even with three birdies and no bogeys, Fisher Jnr felt like he was battling out there for his 69.

“It was tough out there with the wind, and I’ll be honest, I was fighting out there. But I just tried to make my pars,” he said of a day when gusting winds whipped through this short but challenging layout.

“It’s never easy with the wind blowing, and the greens and fairways are hard so the ball runs a lot.”

Van Den Berg held the lead before his slip-up on 14 and on his way to a 70. “I’d say I’m pretty disappointed. I left a lot of shots out there. On 14 I had a short birdie putt from two feet and walked off with a bogey. This course isn’t easy when you miss a green, so you’ve got to be very aware of where you put your golf ball, and that’s not easy in wind like this.”

And Basson did some fighting of his own for a 71 that saw him stumble with three straight bogeys on the front nine, and recover with three consecutive birdies on the back.

“That was a bad run. I had some bad luck and suddenly made three bogeys in a row without really hitting a terrible shot. But I knew there were some nice birdie chances on the back nine.” The key for him was a birdie on the tough par-three 13th.

“That’s a hard hole, and I took a bit of momentum from there and finished quite well.”

While being a good friend of Van Den Berg’s, Fisher Jnr. would love to claim back-to-back victories on the Sunshine Tour following his win at the Wild Coast Sun last week. “We’re good friends, but in the final round it’s back to business and we’ll both be doing our best to win.”

And Fisher Jnr is hoping to retain the simple philosophy that has made all the difference to his game of late.

“This game is all about putting the ball in the hole. We all look for these perfect swings, and actually it’s just about putting the ball in the hole. So I’m trying not to think too much, and to keep it simple out there.”

Scores (RSA unless otherwise specified):

136 - Trevor Fisher Jnr  67 69
137 - Ulrich van den Berg  67 70, Christiaan Basson  66 71
138 - Doug McGuigan  69 69, Danie van Tonder  66 72
139 - Justin Harding  69 70
140 - Grant Muller  72 68, Hendrik Buhrmann  69 71
141 - Jean Hugo  65 76
142 - Ruan de Smidt  73 69, Mark Williams  72 70, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 70 72, Michiel Bothma  67 75, Jake Roos  70 72, Merrick Bremner  70 72,Matthew Carvell  71 71
143 - Colin Nel  74 69, Brandon Pieters  70 73, Bradford Vaughan  69 74
144 - Vaughn Groenewald  68 76, Charl Coetzee  70 74
145 - PH McIntyre  76 69, Chris Swanepoel  73 72, Louis de Jager  74 71, Theunis Spangenberg  73 72, Daniel Greene  70 75,Dean O'Riley  70 75, Ross Wellington  72 73
146 - Andrew Curlewis  73 73, Jaco Ahlers  75 71, Desvonde Botes  72 74, David Hewan  77 69, Thabo Maseko  75 71,Jacques Blaauw  72 74
147 - Andre van Zyl  75 72, Keenan Davidse  74 73, Divan van den Heever  74 73, Titch Moore  77 70, Thabang Simon  75 72,JG Claassen  72 75
Missed the cut:-
148 - Pieter Moolman  73 75, Andrew Georgiou  76 72, Dean Burmester  74 74, Morne Buys  71 77, Divan Gerber  73 75, Ryan Tipping  72 76
149 - Andre Cruse  75 74, Louis Calitz  77 72, Attie Schwartzel  72 77, Neil Schietekat  70 79, Oliver Bekker  74 75
150 - Allan Versfeld  73 77, Ryan Thompson  76 74
151 - Lean Boezaart  72 79, Steven Ferreira  74 77
152 - Lindani Ndwandwe  73 79, Bryce Easton  75 77, Albert Pistorius  73 79, Riekus Nortje  77 75
153 - Derick Petersen  80 73, Johan du Buisson  73 80
154 - Prinavin Nelson  77 77, PG van Zyl  74 80, Stuart Smith (BOT) 77 77, Jake Redman  74 80, Alan Michell  76 78
155 - Derik Ferreira  74 81, Ockie Strydom  76 79
159 - Brett Liddle  79 80, Maurice Prinsloo  74 85, Michael McGrady  78 81

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