Ross Fisher knew he was facing a very different Wentworth to the one on which he closed with a 64 and finished second to Paul Casey last year, but he was still off to a fine start in the BMW PGA Championship today.
José Mauel Lara got the 2010 BMW PGA Championship underway by striking the opening tee shot at 7.00am and it was an hour before the first birdie was recorded on the remodelled West Course. That honour went to England’s Paul Waring, in the fourth group out this morning, when he birdied the third.
Fisher is a product of the scholarship scheme at the Surrey course - also the headquarters of The European Tour - and after a superb bunker shot saved the 29 year old his par at the difficult first he then fired in his tee shot to within six feet of the flag at the short second.
He followed that with birdies at the fourth and fifth to move alongside early pacesetter Peter Hedblom, the Swede ranked 179th in the world picking up a hat-trick of birdies on the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Ernie Els, whose second redesign of the famous West Course is a topic of much debate this week, parred the first three holes, but the current European Number One Ian Poulter flew right into the trees with his second shot of the day and bogeyed.