Fisher sets new St An­drews record but Hat­ton keeps title

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT - CARL LIVESEY

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.

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