Ross Fisher last weekend captured his fifth European Tour victory – and first for almost four years – at the Tshwane Open in South Africa, and europeantour.com took a look at the tools the Englishman used to complete the job…
The 33 year old started the final day five shots clear and while Northern Irishman Michael Hoey reduced the deficit to just one after 11 holes, an eagle for former Ryder Cup star Fisher at the long 15th – his second of the week at that hole – all-but sealed a memorable triumph.
Length was always going to be an advantage at the Tshwane Open, with Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate in Centurion boasting the longest course in European Tour history at 7,964 yards, and Fisher, who averages 295 yards from the tee in 2014, was able to capitalise.
And while the Englishman, who made two eagles and 22 birdies over the course of a stellar week, found 75 per cent of the fairways in Centurion it was Fisher’s fine approach play and superb putting that ultimately helped end his trophy drought.
The Ascot native found almost 81 per cent of Greens in Regulation – ranking seventh in the field – and last week re-found what has long been the missing piece in his golfing puzzle: a solid putting stroke.
Fisher ranked seventh in Putts per GIR at 1.653 and 13th in Putts per Round at an average of 28.5 proving once again – even on the Tour’s lengthiest layout – that the timeless mantra ‘Drive for show, putt for dough’ still rings true as the Englishman pocketed a cool €237,750 for his troubles.
Here is what was in the Tshwane Open Champion’s bag:
Nike, RZN Black
Nike, VRs Covert Tour 2.0 - 8.5°
1st Fairway Wood
|Nike, VRs Covert Tour 2.0 - 15°|
|1st Hybrid||Adams, Idea Pro a12 - 18°|
|3 - 9 Iron||
Nike, VR Pro
Nike, VR Pro - 47°
Nike, VR Pro - 54°
Nike, VR Pro - 60°
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|T2||VAN TONDER, Danie||RSA||18||-17|
|4||DEL MORAL, Carlos||ESP||18||-16|