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NEWS: Englishman Fisher Shoots European Tour’s First 59

Oliver Fisher

Oliver Fisher shot a bogey-free, 12-under-par 59 Friday in the second round of the Portugal Masters, becoming the first player to shoot that magic number on the European Tour. He made 10 birdies and an eagle on the 7,191-yard Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

Since the European Tour formed in 1972, there had been 19 rounds of 60, but the barrier had not been broken in more than 680,000 rounds.

After being sprayed with champagne on the 18th green, the 30-year-old Englishman said: “It feels great. I started off the round great with three straight birdies and then kept it going. … I’m just pleased that I two-putted there from 40 (feet) on the last. It was a great day.”

Fisher, who is ranked 287th in the world, played the front nine in 28 strokes, carding five birdies and an eagle. He made three consecutive birdies to start the back nine and made a 20-footer for par at the 16th before two-putting for birdie at 17 and parring 18.  

Fisher, whose lone European Tour title is the 2011 Czech Open, had missed the cut in three of his previous four starts.

“It was fun, I tried to enjoy it and thankfully I got over the line,” he said.


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