Fisher sets new St Andrews record but Hatton keeps title
ROSS FISHER was left to rue a missed putt on the final hole after setting a new course record at St Andrews in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The 36-year-old carded a finalround 61 to finish second, three shots behind defending champion Tyrrell Hatton after threatening to score a magical 59.
Fisher required an eagle on the final hole to close on 59, but left himself a long, uphill putt that finished five feet short and then his birdie putt rolled narrowly past.
“I’m gutted I missed that one at the last, but it was one of those days,” said Fisher.
“I felt like I saw the lines on the greens, had a really good score and knew obviously I was playing for second because Tyrrell was almost too far in front.
“But to go out and shoot a score like that, with no bogeys ... I just saw the lines and was hitting good putts and they were going in and I didn’t want it to end.
A score of 59 appeared within his grasp after he posted 11 birdies in 15 holes, but he fell short after parring the last three.
Fisher, who played himself into contention by gaining six shots in his last seven holes on Saturday, maintained his sizzling form by carding seven birdies on the front nine.
The Englishman had four more successive birdies from the 12th to stand at 11 under, before parring the 16th, and he then rescued another par after a wayward approach shot at the 17th.
Hatton, who became the first man to successfully defend the Alfred Dunhill crown, took a share of the previous course record of 62 when winning the tournament last year.
Victor Dubuisson finished third, having also set himself up for a chance of a new course record with three holes to play after carding 10 birdies to stand 10 under after the 15th.
But the Frenchman three-putted the 16th to drop his first shot of the day and parred the last two holes for a nine-under 63.
Scotland’s Marc Warren and England’s Robert Rock both carded final-round 66s to tie for fourth place with Frenchman Gregory Bourdy, who shot a 71 after starting the day as Hatton’s closest challenger.
England’s Holly Clyburn hit a final-round 66 to clinch fourth place at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.
The 26-year-old from Grimsby saved her best round until last, hitting five birdies and just one bogey to finish seven under par and in a tie for fourth with Holland’s Anne van Dam.
The duo were a long way behind winner Cristie Kerr, however, after the American finished 10 shots ahead on 17-under.