For 46 years the European Tour never witnessed a round of 59. It took one Englishman, Oliver Fisher, to golf his way into the history books. While 10 rounds under 60 have been recorded on the US PGA tour in the past, none had taken place on the European circuit before.
The round of brilliance
Fisher had an inkling that he was in for a low scoring round when he started off on a good fitting. He just didn’t know how good it would end up being. He ended his round 12 under par on a 71 par course. The course in question is the Portugal Masters. Fisher’s round incorporated one eagle and ten birdies. The last hole of the day was completed when he two-putted his way to an even par on the hole from a lofty 40 feet away from the pin.
Keeping the spirit of the game
Fisher has acknowledged that through it all he tried to maintain the fun in his game and to enjoy it. Not too long ago he struggled to hold onto his card on this very course. The phenomenal score on the course has put Fisher in the lead. Something quite extraordinary for a golfer who has only won one title to date, Czech Open in 2011. Fisher has admitted that it is sometimes difficult not to become too serious and focused, so much that it distracts you. You have to remember why you play and that’s for the love and enjoyment of the game. Distractions will always exist, but zoom focus must be mastered.
Champagne sprayed freely as Oliver Fisher crushed the recorded 19 previous rounds of 60 on this same course. Thomas Bjorn, Ryder Cup Captain, was quick to relay his messages of goodwill and congratulations to the fine player stating that he couldn’t be prouder.